Going Back to Look for the Gray

My last couple weeks in Buenos Aires were a bit of a whirlwind as  I continued my interviews and visits along with the archival research while preparing to leave. One of the questions that started to come up in some of my final interviews was what exactly constituted slave labor and what agency was thereContinue reading “Going Back to Look for the Gray”

The Repercussions of the Luis Viale Fire and the Ghosts of Cromagnon

It has become clear to me that the Luis Viale fire was, at its moment, very important in bringing the existence of slave labor and undocumented immigration into the spotlight, albeit for a limited time. One of the issues that was publicly revealed through the fire was the existing extensive network that smuggled immigrants, mostlyContinue reading “The Repercussions of the Luis Viale Fire and the Ghosts of Cromagnon”

First Steps in Buenos Aires: Understanding the Significance of the 2006 Luis Viale Fire

On March 30th, 2006, a fire in a clandestine textile workshop on Calle Luis Viale in the working class neighborhood of Caballito, Buenos Aires, killed  five children and one woman, all of whom were undocumented Bolivians living and working with 50 some other immigrants in the building. My project is to try to understand theContinue reading “First Steps in Buenos Aires: Understanding the Significance of the 2006 Luis Viale Fire”