Embodying the disappeared of the Argentinian dictatorship through law
Seeking the dead among the living:
embodying the disappeared of the
Argentinian dictatorship through law 1
Y así seguimos andando
curtidos de soledad,
y en nosotros nuestros muertos
pa’ que nadie quede atrás.
(Atahualpa Yupanqui 2)
The statepolicy of enforced disappearances in Argentina, planned
and implemented during the military dictatorship of 1976–83, still
has a striking effect today: in the absence of any corpses of the disappeared, the families seek the dead among the living. Their quest
through the law embodies the
– or unwilling – to enforce
legal norms at its borders when they concern dead migrants. In Lesbos the result is
that locally formed perspectives can challenge, in a limited way, the biopolitical discourse of the centre. The practical orientation of this work seeks to address how the
periphery can influence the centre, and how statepolicy can be impacted by those
who live at the border and who actively resist both the securitisation agenda and the
racialised neglect of migrant bodies.
The body of the dead migrant, found within the territorial borders of the EU but
Borders, ticking clocks and timelessness among temporary labour migrants in Israel
Robin A. Harper
arrested. She rationalised the state action regardless
of the significant harm this will do to her personally.
I don’t have any bad feelings about Israel or the immigration police. They are just
doing their jobs. I know that [being in Israel without a visa] is a criminal offence, for
being here and being an immigrant. I think there is a reason for everything … They are
right to send me back. They want me to go back. I should go back.
Here, rupture is immediate and expected. The TLM knows that this is the statepolicy, and even though she sought to extend her stay
everything. So, that’s why
it’s like such a distant space, something foreign.
It was 1818 when Bernardo
O’Higgins, ‘the father’ of the Chilean
republic, claimed ‘we are all Chileans’. After 1823,
he stated that it was key for statepolicy to eliminate the
so-called pueblos de indios , assimilating the indigenous
population into the recently founded republic. 4 It was not only
O’Higgins. Pinochet also used to say: ‘We are all