Carolina Castañeda V.
Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina


This paper examines some biopolitical implications of humanitarian interventions by UN organisms on indigenous women who are “charged” with practicing “blation”. By studying the documents produced by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and, briefly, several mass media productions, the discussion addresses how building vulnerability into indigenous girls, attributing body and moral marks to mothers results in re-racializations. This work finds that horrorism-focused readings on certain practices attributed to given groups make visible the display of biopolitical devices for population selection within armed conflict.

Keywords: racialization, ablation, biopolitics, horrorism.