Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol 9, No 2 (2019)

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Materializando La Desaparición: La Singularidad De Sus Cosas (Materializing Human Disappearance: The Singularity of their Objects)

David Casado Neira, Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, Paola Díaz, Ivana Belén Ruiz-Estramil

Abstract


En el texto buscamos acercarnos a la trayectoria social de los objetos que acompañan a la desaparición, el significado que adquieren en dicho proceso, y la forma en la que son concebidos a partir del hecho “desaparecedor”. Partimos aquí de la hipótesis de que la base material de la desaparición está descoyuntada, además de cargar con la responsabilidad de expresar lo que el ausente no puede, siendo atravesada por diversas miradas que la re-significan. Valiéndonos de revisión teórica y de casos concretos que nos acercan a la singularidad de las materialidades que bordean la desaparición, profundizamos en cómo se va leyendo esta materialidad hasta ubicarla en un espacio de frontera, objetos límite convertidos en prueba de vida, a menudo prueba y testimonio de los hechos acontecidos. Nos acercamos a una materialidad que sobrepasa la carga inicial destinada a soportar.

In this paper we approach the social trajectory of the objects involved in cases of human disappearance, the new meanings and uses these objects acquired, and how the fact of disappearance involve a change in the way they are conceive. Our premise is that disappearance practices have material support, that is cracked, first, now it can bear that what the disappeared person no more can reveal, second, some other(s) may give them further senses. Objects talk and objects are talked by others. Thus objects are more than composed by matter, they are part of the world of perceptions: materialities. We explore how this materiality, located in a liminal space, is been put on performance as witness of the past and trial evidences. They are objects on the edge of a lost life. The theoretical review and concrete cases arose the uncanny of these materialities, their singularity. This kind of materialities are loaded by meanings and uses that exceed their original life.

Available from: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1025

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