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Thursday Lunch Bunch and Common Hour at F&M: The Land of Open Graves: Understanding American Politic
In this presentation Jason de Leon focuses on what happens to the bodies of migrants who die in the desert. Drawing on the archaeological concept of taphonomy (i.e., the various post-mortem processes that impact biological remains), he argues that the way that bodies decompose in this environment is a form of hidden political violence that has deep ideological roots. Using ethnographic data from New York and Ecuador, he focuses on the families of people who have lost loved ones in the desert and demonstrates how the post-mortem destruction of migrant corpses creates devastating forms of long-lasting trauma.
Lunch follows at Gypsy Kitchen across street on Lancaster Theological campus for those interested.
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM
F&M Mayser Gymnasium
College Avenue and Harrisburg Pike