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    Sepur Zarco, Guatemala: ‘bodying forth’ and forensic aesthetics of witnessing in the courtroom and beyond

    Posocco, Silvia (2022) Sepur Zarco, Guatemala: ‘bodying forth’ and forensic aesthetics of witnessing in the courtroom and beyond. Feminist Anthropology 3 (1), pp. 12-27. ISSN 2643-7961.

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    Abstract

    Drawing on long-term anthropological research in Guatemala, the article examines the case of sexual and labor slavery in armed conflict known as ‘Sepur Zarco’. Focusing on the scene of selected court hearings related to events that took place in a military base near the village of Sepur Zarco, Izabal, between 1982 and 1986, the analysis focuses on ‘bodying forth’ (Das 2007), as a process of witnessing, materialisation and subjectification that emerges in the declarations of the different parties, as they conjure up Dominga Cuc Coc, a local Maya Q’eqchi’ woman, on the riverbank washing army uniforms under duress, or as the body of the forensic exhumation. ‘Bodying forth’ is tied to performative forensic imaginaries and aesthetics in the courtroom, the broader Guatemalan body politic, and beyond; it challenges the epistemologies underpinning law and science to re-centre the necessary differential and differentiated accounts of the witnesses and their appeals to justice.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Silvia Posocco
    Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 18:51
    Last Modified: 04 Jul 2022 12:45
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/44862

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