Mittwoch, 04. Mrz 2020, 17:30 - 18:30 iCal

Victimisation Devices: the case of Arica Vicitims

talk presented by Linda SONERYD (University of Gothenburg)

Department of Science and Technology Studies / Seminar Room / Staircase II / 6th floor (NIG)
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien


With the emergence of global mechanisms for toxic harm accountability, a transnational environmental justice regime is slowly rising. One of the ways in which its taking form is through transnational litigation schemes where corporations are being locally sued by the alleged victims of their overseas misbehaviours. Using a science and technology studies (STS) approach, this paper deals with one of the most central components of those schemes: victimisation devices. Such concept refers to the highly varied socio-technical assemblages through which claims about toxic victimhood are mobilized in litigation-based schemes, usually including components such as toxicological evidence and testimonies from the affected people. In order to explore the complexities involved in transnationally mobilizing these devices, this paper analyses the lawsuit presented in Sweden by inhabitants of Arica, Chile, against the local mining corporation Boliden for its alleged responsibility in dumping toxic waste near their homes in the late 1980s.


Linda Soneryd is professor of sociology and based at the University of Gothenburg. Her research focuses on environmental governance, green governmentality, and public participation.

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Linda Soneryd


Karin Neumann
Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung