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Wednesday February 13
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Since the mid-1990s’, the U.S. Federal Government has relied on a border enforcement strategy known as “Prevention Through Deterrence.” This strategy funnels undocumented migrants towards remote and rugged terrain, such as the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, with the hope that mountains ranges, extreme temperatures and other “natural” obstacles will deter people from unauthorized entry.

In this presentation I focus 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), I argue that the way that bodies decompose in this environment is a form of hidden political violence that has deep ideological roots.
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Anthropology Speaker Series - The Land of Open Graves:

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UCF Health and Public Affairs
I Building
Room 119
12805 Pegasus Dr.
Orlando, FL 32816

4:30-6 p.m.

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