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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Sao Paulo, Brazil at night - lights can be seen across the city's buildings and skyscrapers

Every year between 20 and 25,000 people ‘go missing’ in São Paulo state in Brazil


But in Brazilian law disappearance is just a fato atípico, an ‘atypical occurrence’.


There is no causal relationship between act and violence to be legally found.

Nor, it seems, is there a pursuit to know.

In a region well recognised for political disappearance, Graham Denyer Willis asks for a deeper and historicist consideration of how disappearance has worked politically, and why it might be acutely important at the current juncture where mass graves have a kind of axiomatic enigma.

Doing so allows for a thorough disaggregation of how conditions of passive government and a lack of pursuit – letting disappear – shape the terrain of both extreme suffering and contemporary political ordering.


Read Graham's full article>>