Márcia Lika Hattori
Forensic archaeology and the
appropriation of traumatic heritage
The research explores the idea of omission as a state technology and the use of bureaucracy and its apparatuses as technologies of disappearance of bodies during the last dictatorship in Brazil and examines the maintenance of similar strategies in a neoliberal context.
From a heritage perspective, the study intends to uncover the meaning of public policies concerning memory sites and to understand the conceptual notions surrounding the ‘non-existence’ of people, in relation to those Brazilians citizens who were considered irrelevant in life as well as death. To carry out this research, the treatment of no names (NN) bodies by different institutions has been analyzed. One example of this omission as a technology of disappearance is the non-description of the clothes and accessories related to corpses.
For the democratic period, the research tries to observe how neoliberal politics, state violence and the bureaucracy become apparent in one institution which is the cemetery, and how certain strategies from the dictatorship are maintained by analyzing omission in the cemetery bureaucracy.
Filter by keyword