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Surviving Forced Disappearance: Identity and Meaning. Gabriel Gatti, University of the Basque Country, Nov. 20, 2014

Surviving Forced Disappearance: Identity and Meaning

Thursday, November 20, at 3:00pm
Room 710 Social Sciences
(Spanish with translation)

A Conversation with Gabriel Gatti, Prof. of Sociology, University of the Basque Country

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Due in large part to humanitarian law and transitional justice, the categories of detained-disappeared and forced disappearance are today well established – so much so that in some places like Argentina and Uruguay an intense social life has taken shape around them and in their wake. Victims mix with institutions, laws, and professionals (forensic anthropologists, social scientists, jurists, psychologists, artists, archivists, writers), occupying intersecting positions and doing so with varied narratives, from the epic and heroic to the tragic and traumatic. Based on extensive fieldwork in Argentina and Uruguay, Gatti analyzes these worlds in an attempt to understand how one inhabits the categories that international law has constructed to mark, judge, think about, and repair horror.

gabriel gattiGabriel Gatti is Professor of Sociology at the University of the Basque Country, Spain. His research and teaching focus on contemporary forms of identity, in particular those constituted in situations of social catastrophe, rupture, and fracture. He is the author of Identidades débiles, Identidades desaparecidas, Les nouveaux répères de l’identité collective en Europe, and Basque Society. His latest work, Surviving Forced Disappearance in Argentina and Uruguay: Identity and Meaning was published in August of 2014. He is also a main researcher behind the Mundo(s) de victimas (World(s) of victims) a study of four cases that deal with the construction of the “victim” category in contemporary Spain.

Organized by the IAS Collaborative Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory
in Post-Communist Europe
. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Department of Political Science and the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

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  1. GabrielDecember 3, 2014 at 12:12 pmReply

    Came across a Spanish man in the field, some 20 years Gatti’s junior. He seemed like a nice fellow, just not much to say.

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