Bodies at War: An Ethnography of Landmines and Rehabilitation in Colombia


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships




Civilians and soldiers injured by landmines around the globe have captured the attention of prominent cultural figures such as Princess Diana, Paul McCartney, Queen Noor of Jordan, Angelina Jolie, and 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams. Perhaps what is most notable about landmines is that they inspire an international response unprecedented by any other war technology. In 2004, Colombia became recognized as one of the countries with the highest incidence of landmine injuries in the world. A new body—social and physical—is emerging. “Integrated” rehabilitation medicine for the war wounded has reorganized Colombia’s medical workforce and world-renowned medical industry. This dissertation is about the social and cultural impact of landmine injury and rehabilitation medicine in Colombia.