Category Archives: Speaker

Dario Azzellini (Berlin, Germany)


Dario Azzellini is a political scientist and lecturer at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, writer and filmmaker based in Berlin and Caracas. He holds a PhD in political science from the Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany). His research and writing focuses on social and revolutionary militancy, migration and racism, people’s power and selfadministration, workers control and extensive case studies in Latin America.

He served as Associate Editor for The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to Present, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2009 and was primary editor for Latin America, the Spanish Caribbean, and the new left in Italy. He serves as Associate Editor for WorkingUSA and for Cuadernos de Marte, an academic publication about war sociology by the University of Buenos Aires.

He published several books, essays and documentaries about social movements, privatization of military services, migration and racism, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Venezuela. Among them The business of war (Assoziation A 2002), a book about privatization of military services, translated an published in the US, GB, Germany, Argentina, Bolivia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Spain and Venezuela. He recently published“El negocio de la guerra. Nuevos mercenarios y terrorismo de Estado“ (Monte Àvila, Venezuela, 2009), “Partizipation, Arbeiterkontrolle und die Commune“ (VSA, Germany, 2010) and the documentary „Comuna under construction“ (2010) about local self government in Venezuela. Azzellini has been invited to conferences in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.

David Mayer (Amsterdam, Niederlande)


David Mayer is a historian specialised in transnational contemporary history. In 2011 he completed his PhD-research on the history of Marxist historiographic debates in Latin America in the ‘long 1960s’. He has spent lengthy research stays in Latin America.
David Mayer’s main research interests are the history of social movements and labour history, the history of historiography, the history of Marxism and left-wing intellectuals, and politics of history. He has published, accordingly, on topics such as the history of Marxist historiography, 1968 from a Global History perspective, the Communist International in Latin America, the transnational dimension of social movements in Latin America, and the political uses of history among the Latin American left.

Heike Hänsel (Tübingen, Germany)

Heike Hänsel

Heike Hänsel is a member of the German Bundestag for the Left Party since 2005. She studied Ecotrophology at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen. She has been active in the peace movement since 1988 and in the alter-globalization movement Attac since 2001. From 2001 to 2003, she was a member of the coordination council of Attac Germany and served as speaker of the EU-Working-Group of Attac Germany from 2004 to 2005. Also, Heike was head of the sub-committee United Nations, International Organizations and Globalization.
From 1997, she was employed at the association “Culture of Peace” and was an OSZE election observer – amongst others at the elections in Mostar 1997 and Kosovo 2001. She was a member of the cultural association “Violeta Parra” in Tübingen (Germany) where she campaigned for Chileans in exile and against the dictatorship of Pinochet. In 1988, as a member of the Mikis-Theodorakis-Choir she attended the major international cultural gathering “Chile Crea”.

Heike Hänsel is known for her constant commitment for the Latin American continent. The political developments of the ALBA states (Bolivarian Alliance for America) and the human rights situation in Colombia are of particular significance to her.

Malte Daniljuk (Berlin, Germany)


Malte Daniljuk is a communication scientist, journalist and editor.
He studied journalism and communication sciences at the Free University of Berlin. The focus of his publications are media politics, foreign and security politics as well as economic policies and social development.
Since 1994, Daniljuk has been publishing articles as a freelance writer, mostly in the online portal Telepolis. As an editor, he supervises the ressort „Background & Analysis“ for amerika21 and works in the editorial team of the magazine LuXemburg. Since 1997, he has visited Latin America regularly and has spent several months in Mexico, Columbia and Venezuela. He organized the exchange project “MovimentoR” among others. He regularly scrutinizes the coverage by German media about Latin America.
From 2011 to 2012, he worked as a consultant for international politics at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.

Pacha Catalina Guzman (Venezuela)


Pacha Catalina Guzman from Venezuela has been an activist for many years. She is a member of the largest rural worker movement of the country (Frente Nacional Campesino Ezequiel Zamora (FNCEZ) / Corriente Revolucionaria Bolivar y Zamora (CRBZ)) and is a community activist in the youth culture group „Los Antimantuanos“ in Caracas/Catia. In the course of her work at the FNCEZ/CRBZ, she has provided guidance for a variety of cooperatives and rural communal collectives (Comunas) in the Venezuelan states of Apure and Barinas. She is responsible für press relations and international relations and coordinates the cooperation with other Latin American movements like the MST (Brazil), Frente Dario Santillan (Argentina) and many more.