Vivian Solana Moreno
Vivian Solana Moreno is currently a Ph.D candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘The Fifth World’: International Intervention & the Aftermath of Revolution in the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic’ investigates the outcomes of the Saharawi revolution in Saharawi refugee camps located in Southern Algeria, where the national liberation movement of the POLISARIO Front has built a state in exile, claiming sovereignty over the Western Sahara through diplomatic means since a UN-mediated ceasefire in 1991. With a focus on women and youth, two key groups for the social reproduction of the Saharawi movement, her dissertation explores the political subjectivities of Saharawi refugees born into the uncanny presence of a collective dream that never became. Situated at the intersection of an anthropology of international intervention, gender, violence and social transformation, her doctoral research brings these interests to bear on the conditions of possibility for a liberatory politics under contemporary internationally-intervened regimes.