The Amerikas Colloquium
Dr. Martyn Wemyss (Goldsmiths, University of London):
Cultures and Subjectivities of Vigilance across Legal Worlds in Highland Bolivia
Drawing on Ethnographic fieldwork in El Alto and Guaqui, this talk examines legal practices and subjectivities across three sites: a neighbourhood and human rights office in El Alto and a rural community. Beginning with the use of hanging puppets in a peri-urban neighbourhood as both deterrent and index of insecurity, the paper examines the material, temporal, spatial and hauntological fabrication of subjectivities through both formal and informal legal practices. Drawing on a wide conceptual repertoire taking in Rivera Cusicanqui, de Sousa Santos and Derrida, the talk will examine how socio-legal practice and subjectivity emerges through the interaction and circulation of legal and para-legal practices, materials and migrations across uneven postcolonial terrain in light of contested histories of the recent and deep past, and raises broader issues of how indigenous legal practices and those of the state can work with and against one another in the pursuit of both security and decolonization.
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When? Thursday, 19 May 2022, 18:15
Where? Oettingenstr. 67, Room L155 and via Zoom-Meeting.
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