04 December 2013

ARTICLE: Murdocca on Colonial Inquiries and the Politics of Testimony

A new interesting article from Canada: "'A Matter of Time and a Matter of Place’: Colonial Inquiries and the Politics of Testimony" by Professor Carmela Murdocca from York University of Toronto.

Through an examination of the deaths of two young men in a detention center fire in Kashechewan, Ontario, this article examines links between legal testimony, temporality, competing forms of evidence (oral histories, visual recordings and corporeal forms of memory) and the consolidation of particular racial and historical logics through these discursive and visual fields. I argue that an analysis of testimony in colonial inquiries reveals that the relationship between everyday life and exceptional violence often restricts the development of narrative coherence between historical forms of injustice and contemporary instances of violence.

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