Call for chapters: The Death of the Perpetrator

The Death of the Perpetrator: Execution, suicide, identification, concealment, exhibition will be a new anthology by editor Sévane Gariban to be published with Editions Petra.

This edited volume will seek to radically reverse the terms of the question of the treatment of bodies of mass violence by focusing on another gap in our thinking, a “taboo within a taboo”: the question of the treatment of the bodies of the perpetrators following mass violence and genocide (dictators, mass criminals, genocidaires) in the event of their (being put to) death. This approach may be applied to such diverse situations as the executions of Talaat Pasha, Benito Mussolini, and high-ranking Nazi officials; the deaths of Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot and Slobodan Milosevic; the executions of Nicolae Ceausescu, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi; or, in the distinct context of international terrorism, the hunting-down and elimination of Osama bin Laden.

The analytical and theoretical tools necessary to place the fate of the bodies of criminals (whether infamous or “anonymous”) within a qualitative, comparative and interdisciplinary framework will be developed, with the objective of clarifying the specific questions and issues raised by the (putting to) death of the perpetrator in the context of the need for justice, reparation and reconciliation.

The editor welcomes chapter proposals which must be sent at the latest by 15 April 2013 to the following email: coordinator@corpsesofmassviolence.eu

To view the full Call for Chapters, please see here.

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