Our research and practices are located within contested zones and border areas that are subject to militarised violence, occupation, surveillance and colonial extraction. In such areas the hard strata of spatial violence – infrastructural, extractive, territorial – often become overexposed. How do we work within such conditions, recognising the implications of violence, but resisting the urge to think violence as the sole spatial analytic? Considering violence beyond the spectacular and within a slower temporality might require modes of research that go beyond the investigative or evidentiary. We might instead work with multiple narratives and temporalities and consider violence as a form of seepage, of exhaustion or dispersion. Thinking through the material, affective and atmospheric qualities of conflict zones might also require other forms of thinking and doing that make room for the faint web of sedimenting relationalities that endure in place and produce a form of worlding within and in-between the hard strata of territorial forces?
Macarena is author of Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (2009), co-editor with Herman Gray of Towards a Sociology of the Trace (2010), The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives (2017) and Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Political Undercurrents in the Americas (UC Press, 2018).