TALK: Robin Reineke, "Manner of Death: Structural Violence -- An Ethnography of Arizona's Body Count" (Binational Migration Institute Migration Research Dialogues Speaker Series)


Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:00

 Migration Research Dialogues Speaker Series


The Binational Migration Institute (BMI), the Dept. of Mexican American Studies, The Center for Latin American Studies, and the Chicano/Hispano Student Center Presents:

"Manner of Death: Structural Violence  

An Ethnography of Arizona’s Body Count”

Robin Reineke*  Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

4:00-6:00 César E. Chávez Bldg. Room 205


It is estimated that over 5000 bodies have been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico Border over the past ten years. 1,883 of these have been discovered in Southern Arizona, and have been processed at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Tucson.

Seeking to bring into view the hidden complexity behind body counts, this research draws on 5 years of ethnographic research with families of missing and deceased migrants, government agencies and NGOs. Join us for this presentation on the eve of El Día de los Muertos, to reflect on the 10 years of death in the Arizona desert and the violence that has caused it.

* Ms. Reineke works at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner on a project to identify unidentified bodies of deceased (presumed) migrants found in southern Arizona. She has conducted research trips to Oaxaca, Mexico, the Altiplano of Guatemala, and various locations within the U.S. to interview families of missing and deceased migrants, and has worked with various foreign consulates and forensic teams, The Binational Migration Institute (BMI), and the Department of Justice .

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