Mario Rufer's Second Lecture: "In the Museum of Forgiveness: Culture, Violence and Politics in Mexico"

In February 2017, the Mexican State issued a public apology to three ñañú/otomí women who had endured unjust imprisonment since 2006. This formal apology took place in one of the auditoriums of the Mexican National Museum of Anthropology. What resonance does the history of this museum—and its relationship with indigenous peoples—have with this apology? What underlying tension does the museum's scenario reveal between State and citizenship, indigenous peoples and sovereignty, violence and justice?