Cultural Trauma Issue Feature
Woman in a mask with her arm in the air, calling for solidarity.
Photograph by: Anita Pouchard Serra

COVID Culture World Affairs

"It Is What It Is":
Trauma as Context in Argentina

Medical anthropologist Livia Garofalo shows us how ghosts turn up daily in some places riddled with the past. Throughout, she discusses her experiences undertaking ethnographic fieldwork in an intensive care unit at a hospital on the outskirts of Buenos Aires as a prism for reflecting on the enduring presence of trauma in Argentina. As she maps out this ongoing history, she paints a portrait of a nation grappling with its own murky legacies, and points to what possibilities there are for envisioning new futures.