Rumors, residues and governance in the best corner of South-America: a grounded history of the human limit in Colombia Public Deposited

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  • Aparicio, Juan Ricardo
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • Starting from two set of events, the emergence of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in 1997 and the passing of first Law for internally displaced persons in Colombia during the same year, this dissertation analyzes the genealogy, emergence, and mode of functioning of two different but complexly interrelated trajectories. How these two trajectories came to constitute both of these events at this precise moment is the topic of my dissertation The study is based on ethnographic research at key sites of the assemblage (global, national, regional, local), as well as historical research on the genealogies of the most pertinent aspects of both trajectories made possibly by violence but also by the arrival of caring communities and individuals. The dissertation analyzes the convergence of both trajectories within the key decade of the 1990s in Colombia where both a civil society could emerge under the umbrella of constitutional reforms that included for the first time legal frameworks for protecting victim's and strengthening peace agendas amidst the escalation of violence throughout the country. On one side, it traces the emergence and arrival of a particular apparatus or `assemblage' -that of a transnational human rights and humanitarian regime(s)--globally deployed to protect the internally displaced persons worldwide and its particular form in one case in Colombia. On the other hand, it focuses on a `local history' where other types of responses are being currently arranged by peasant organizations interrelated with networks of human rights and humanitarian activism to defend and protect the civilian population in the middle of the armed conflict. Here, the main field research focus of the study is a particular Peace Community which emerged in northwest Colombia in the mid 1990s as a response to both historical and intensified regional armed conflict. Through a close description of the manifold economic, political and social practices deployed by the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, the dissertation concludes by affirming the possibility and actualization of a different protection configured from the local histories of suffering and thereby exploring the notion of a post-human rights regime.
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