Workshop – La patrimonialisation des restes humains au Rwanda (1994-2014)

rwanda workshopDepuis 1994, peu de recherches ont été menées sur la dimension proprement matérielle de la mémoire du génocide commis contre les Tutsi, et sur la fonction qu’y assument les restes humains. Pourtant, plusieurs musées et d’innombrables mémoriaux sont au cœur de la politique commémorative menée depuis vingt ans par l’Etat rwandais. Et au sein des sites du souvenir, les restes des victimes du génocide sont fréquemment inhumés, voire présentés aux yeux du public.

L’objectif de ‘(Dé)montrer le génocide: La patrimonialisation des restes humains au Rwanda (1994-2014)’ organisée par le programme de recherche Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide, les laboratoire IRIS et CESPRA et le département d’histoire de l’ULB, est de questionner le processus de patrimonialisation des restes humains du génocide au Rwanda depuis 1994, en s’interrogeant sur les traces matérielles de l’expérience de la violence extrême. Acteurs de terrain, historiens et anthropologues tenteront au cours de cette journée de saisir les spécificités du cas rwandais en ce qui concerne la question du traitement muséographique et patrimonial des corps.

Please see the programme here.

New Genetics and Society – new publication

imagesA special issue of New Genetics and Society has been published addressing the various approaches by academics and organisations to the identification of victims of mass disasters. ‘Genetic Identification and the Response to Mass Fatalities’ contains six papers drawing on a variety of disciplinary resources – including philosophy, anthropology, science and technology studies, and sociology – as well as the experience of practical involvement, in order to explore how DNA profiling and matching technologies have now become a routine resource in the efforts to restore social order following both natural and anthropogenically occasioned disasters and atrocities. The issue intends to stimulate further critical engagement with the ethical and social issues raised by the use of DNA-based technologies in DVI and elsewhere.

New book published: Gabriel Gatti – ‘Surviving forced disappearance in Argentina and Uruguay’

GattiGabriel Gatti has recently published Surviving forced disappearance in Argentina and Uruguay: identity and meaning in the ‘Memory Politics and Transitional Justice’ series with Palgrave Macmillan.

Due in large part to humanitarian law and transitional justice, the categories of detained-disappeared and forced disappearance are today well established – so much so that in some places like Argentina and Uruguay an intense social life has taken shape and become crystallized around them and in their wake. In the complex and dense social worlds that result, victims mix with institutions, laws, and professionals (forensic anthropologists, social scientists, jurists, psychologists, artists, archivists, writers, and so on), occupying intersecting positions and doing so with varied narratives, from the heroic to the tragic, the epic to the paradoxical. Based on extensive fieldwork in Argentina and Uruguay, this book examines and analyzes these worlds. It is aimed at those who are interested in understanding how one inhabits the categories that international law has constructed to mark, judge, think about, and repair horror.