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Accepted Paper:

Shifting categories of victims and perpetrators in the politics of memory in Mexico  
Sylvia Karl (Philipps-University of Marburg)

Paper long abstract:

The paper will focus on the shifting categorization processes within the post-conflict situation in Mexico in the context of the clarification of crimes against humanity, especially of enforced disappearance after the Dirty-War past of the 1970s. The present politics of memory in Mexico led to a dispute not only within the complex field of the perpetrators of past violence but also among different categories of victims of enforced disappearance, establishing new categories of victimized victims or victims that are now considered also symbolic perpetrators by other victims due to access to negotiation and power. The paper will discuss different aspects of re-categorization processes and how these lead to new conflicts within the so called transitional justice field.

Panel W078
Anthropology of categories in peace and conflict
  Session 1