Museums confront the skeletons in their closets

25remains_337-articleLargeFor more than a century museums have exhibited assorted limbs, bones, tubercular lungs and fetuses, all in the name of science and enlightenment. Yet lately the curators are re-evaluating the principles that govern their displays as they confront a growing debate over what cultural organizations should be doing to preserve the dignity of the dead.

Read the full article in The New York Times here.

Faces and Traces of Violence – Lecture

Madrid conference picThe Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide programme will present a lecture as part of the ‘Faces and Traces of Violence’ series at the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales in Madrid on May 23, 2013. Addressing the three central concerns of the programme: destruction, identification and (re)conciliation, the lecture will contain two presentations from both Dr Elisabeth Anstett and Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus on, respectively, the long-term missing corpses resulting from Soviet-era mass violence and French exhumations in Germany following World War II.

For further information on the ‘Faces and Traces of Violence’ lecture series, please see here.

Archaeology of slavery in Guadeloupe and Martinique – Workshop

Workshop posterThis one day event held at the University of Cergy-Pontoise will take place on May 17 2013, covering topics such as the challenges and emerging issues surrounding the archaeology of slavery in the West Indies, patrimonialisation and the development of cultural tourism in the Caribbean, and archaeo-anthropological approaches to slave cemeteries. The workshop, organised by Dr Noura Sahnoune and Professor Jean-Claude Lescure, is funded by the Foundation of the University of Cergy.

Please see here for further information.