Forensic civism: articulating science, DNA and kinship in contemporary Mexico and Colombia

Ernesto Schwartz-Marin, Arely Cruz-Santiago (Durham University)
Publication Year
The Americas
Thematic Area
Forensics / Law & Policies / Technology & Data
Burial Site / Mass Grave / Identification / Information Management (Archive/Database/Register) / Recovery of remains / Excavation / Exhumation / Right to Know/Truth
Open access

The article will present the findings of ethnographic research into the Colombian and Mexican forensic systems, introducing the first citizen-led exhumation project made possible through the cooperation of scholars, forensic specialists and interested citizens in Mexico.

The coupling, evolution and mutual re-constitution of forensic science will be explored, including new forms of citizenship and nation building projects – all approached as lived experience – in two of Latin America’s most complex contexts: organised crime and mass death