New journal announcement ‘Human remains and violence’ – call for papers

A4_WEB_RVBManchester University Press is pleased to announce the launch of a new biannual publication Human remains and violence: an interdisciplinary journal. The editors are inviting submissions for publication with the first issue commencing Spring 2015.

Human remains and violence draws together the different strands of academic research on the dead body and the production of human remains en masse, whether in the context of mass violence, genocidal occurrences or natural disasters. Inherently interdisciplinary, the journal publishes papers from a range of academic disciplines within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Human remains and violence is the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to explore the social and scientific legacy of mass violence by studying how different societies have coped with the large numbers of dead bodies left behind. By analysing the status, value and uses (political, social, technical or religious) of human remains in post- human induced disasters and natural catastrophe environments, the journal will examine what we can learn about societies from their treatment of, and attitudes towards, human remains.

The journal will publish pioneering research into dead bodies,  whether generated by natural disasters or orchestrated by violent organisations or states (mass violence, war, terrorism, police brutality), and their treatment by the different actors (archaeologists, forensic anthropologists, humanitarians, lawyers, the military and the police). It will draw upon a vast range of case studies to further the understanding of the role of each actor and reflect critically on the current approaches adopted towards human remains within different disciplines.

Call for papers
Human remains and violence will publish academic articles (max. 8000 words), critical commentaries (max. 2000 words) and book reviews (max. 1500 words). Please send your papers for review to l.radford@corpsesofmassviolence.eu. Potential contributors should consult the journal’s guidelines which can be found on the publisher’s website. The submission deadline for considering articles for the first issue in Spring 2015 is 1 July 2014.

General Editors
Elisabeth Anstett, CNRS (France)
Jean-Marc Dreyfus, University of Manchester (UK)
Caroline Fournet, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/journals/hrv

Cadáveres impensables, cadáveres impensados: El tratamiento de los cuerpos en las violencias de masa y los genocidios

Spanish volume

A pesar del importante corpus documental producido en el campo de los Genocide Studies –y paradójicamente cuando se piensa en el modo en que se desarrollaron los estudios sobre el cuerpo–, la cuestión de la suerte del cadáver de las víctimas en las violencias de masa resulta todavía un tema ampliamente inexplorado.

El cuerpo ciertamente representa una temática transversal de las Ciencias Sociales. No obstante esto, aun considerado en todos sus estados al hallarse vivo, desaparece casi totalmente de la mirada de los investigadores una vez muerto. Únicamente los arqueólogos y los antropólogos especializados en el campo de lo funerario se venían preocupando por la implicación social, religiosa o política de la cual es objeto el cuerpo muerto en contextos de producción masiva de cadáveres.

Este volumen reúne contribuciones de historiadores, juristas y antropólogos que se hicieron la pregunta del por qué los restos humanos y los cadáveres presentes numerosamente constituyen todavía lo impensado, acaso el tabú, de las investigaciones llevadas a cabo acerca de genocidios y violencias extremas.

El resultado de esta reflexión colectiva ofrece a la vez un estado del arte en nuestras diferentes disciplinas, y una exposición tanto de los cuestionamientos actuales como de las dificultades reales a aprehender de un tema extremo, aunque necesario.

See here for further information.