Claiming a Death

Social Sciences Forum — Health Inequality Lecture
“Claiming a Death: Rights, Small Activisms, and State Violence”
Clara Han, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
Thursday, February 28, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

How are legal claims made by criminalized, low-income residents in the face of police brutality and death? In what way are state institutions interpenetrated by neighborhoods? This talk is based on fieldwork conducted in a low-income neighborhood under police occupation in Santiago, Chile. Focusing on a single case of police violence that resulted in the death of a young man, I describe how the Victims of Violent Crime unit within the municipality took up this case as a case of state violence, and how this unit’s actions with regard to the making of the legal case were interpenetrated by a politics within the neighborhood that sought to claim the deaths of young men as state violence. As such, the making of the legal case revealed and challenged the state’s boundary between the criminal and the political.

Reception to follow lecture. Admission is free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy of Clara Han

This event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Health Administration and Policy.

Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Baltimore Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, visitor parking is available in the Walker Avenue Garage, next to the Library — please click here for additional information.

UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. If you would like to request accommodations (e.g., ASL interpreters, captioning, wheelchair access, etc.) for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make arrangements for program access. Please contact us at with your specific request and be sure to include the event title, date, and time.


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