Despues de la Violencia – Après la Violence: Workshop

Despues de la violenciaThe workshop Despues de la Violencia – Après la violence will take place 8-9 May 2014 at Fundación Polo Mercosur in Montevideo, Uruguay. The event is organised by Elisabeth Anstett (CNRS – Iris), José López Mazz (Universidad de la República Uruguay) and Denis Merklen (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – IHEAL), and will discuss the European and South American legacies of extreme violence in the twentieth century.

How can democracies face their history of rebellions, massacres, state terrorism and mass crimes? The workshop will put the European and South American experiences side by side, in order to analyze the different devices and outputs of violence. Anthropologists, philosophers, historians, sociologists and lawyers will here gather to understand the limits and contributions taught by each national experience.

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Cadáveres Impensables, Cadáveres Impensados – Presentation at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti

bookOn 13 May 2014 the book <Cadáveres impensables, cadáveres impensados> created by the Corpses of mass violence and genocide programme will be presented at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti in Buenos Aires. Elisabeth Anstett (research programme director and author), Sevane Garibian (author) and Carlos Somigliana (Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense) will discuss the book and its investigation into a multidisciplinary approach to understanding mass violence and the human body.

“ 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.

Read the full event listing here.

Seminar on Methodological and Theoretical Perspectives in International Criminal Justice

lohnesemCaroline Fournet delivered the keynote speech at the seminar ‘Methodological and Theoretical Perspectives in International Criminal Justice’ on 24 April 2014 in Oslo, exploring critical empirical and theoretical approaches to international criminal justice and international crimes.

Recent decades have seen an unprecedented growth of institutionalization, practice, scholarship and public debate on international criminal justice (ICJ). With objectives such as delivering justice, ending impunity and restoring peace, stability and security, a number of new unprecedented international institutions was established and a new body of international criminal law developed rapidly.

The aim of the workshop was to bring together scholars who take a critical empirical or theoretical approach in studying international criminal justice and international crimes, focusing on methodological and theoretical challenges in studying international criminal justice and international crimes.

To read the full list of speakers and papers presented, please see here.

Review – Cadavres impensables, cadavres impensés

Cover1The groundbreaking volume - Cadavres impensables, cadavres impensés. Approches méthodologiques du traitement des corps dans les violences de masse et les génocides - from Elisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus (eds) has been reviewed by OpenEdition.

“Comment expliquer l’oubli, au sein des disciplines qui s’intéressent aux violences de masse, de la matérialité des cadavres ? Les recherches sur les génocides ont pourtant connu un intérêt massif ces dernières années, tout comme, dans un champ encore plus vaste, les travaux sur le corps dans toutes ses dimensions. Comment comprendre alors que le corps, une fois devenu cadavre, disparaisse de l’intérêt des chercheurs et qu’« en changeant d’état », cet objet singulier « change de statut » ?”

“Ces études de cas complètent donc bien les ambitions méthodologiques, en montrant que le sujet des cadavres, dont le XXe siècle a été si prolixe, est loin d’être périphérique.”

Please read the full review here.

20th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda: An Interview with Mathilde Mukantabana

mathilde-mukantabana-photographTo commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda on April 7th, a survivor, activist, and now diplomat discusses its personal and political legacies.

In the summer 2013, Mathilde Mukantabana was appointed Rwanda’s Ambassador to the USA and nonresident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. Prior to her appointment, from 1994 to 2013 she was professor of history at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, and co-founder and president of Friends of Rwanda Association. Ambassador Mukantabana created a program in Social Work at the National University of Rwanda in 1999 and taught in their summer program until recently. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Geography from the University of Burundi, and master’s degrees in History and Social Work from California State University, Sacramento.

Interviewer Tony Platt is a founding member of the editorial board of Social Justice and a Visiting Professor in Justice Studies at San Jose State University, California.

Please read the full interview with Mathilde Mukantabana here.