Course – Body location and recovery in forensic contexts 10th – 13th June 2013


This four-day innovative course is an opportunity to study and practice scientific techniques of body location, recovery and analysis. A series of seminars, hands-on laboratory sessions and fieldwork (involving experience of remote sensing techniques and ‘body’ excavation) will see attendees improve efficiency, and crucially, maximise forensic intelligence recovery at relevant scenes of crime.

The course will be delivered by leading academics with practitioner experience from the universities of Teesside and Durham who have complementary and world-leading expertise in bone chemistry, skeletal analysis, excavation and forensic science. The Centre for Forensic Investigation, Teesside University has a long history of excellence in forensic and crime scene teaching and research, and currently provide training and education for police forces, including the MET. The Department of Archaeology, Durham University has an international reputation for archaeological and skeletal research and practice and is the highest ranking archaeology department in terms of research in the UK.

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Remembering in the Future – ECIA workshop 7th March 2013


Remembering in the Future – Policies and Practices of Remembrance to Prevent Mass Atrocities, will be held at the European Parliament Room Altiero Spinelli to mark the European Day of Remembrance for the Righteous.

The European Centre for International Affairs (ECIA), MEPs Niccolò Rinaldi and Ivo Vajgl of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, and the European Parliament, with the support of the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, the University of Groningen, the Centre for Global Security and Governance of the University of Aberdeen, have organised a workshop with the intent to reflect on the strategies that the European Union is adopting in the field of remembrance and prevention of mass atrocities.

With the participation of:

–  European Parliament
–  European Commission
– Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations on the Prevention of Genocide
–  European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
–  United Nations

Please see here for the full programme.

Call for papers: Bodies at Risk

The Institut Catala d’Antropologia is calling for papers for a special edition – “Bodies at Risk” – for the journal Quaderns-e.

The evolution of today’s society, as a whole, has been characterized by the steady increase in threats to the environment and to people, to the point of being characterized as a “risk society”. Marked by excessive activity in the manipulation of nature in the name of progress, the social construction of risk has focused mainly on the phenomena of altered environment, climate change and pollution. But increasingly the human body is at the centre of the production of social and scientific discourse about risk and pollution. Along with the discussion on the environment, biomedical scientific discourse is becoming the main generator of symbols of risk classification and new human diseases.

“Embodied risk” is one of these categories. It refers to the corporal risk of people being diagnosed as “at risk”. These people are more exposed to the risk of developing a disease in the future, needing constant medical supervision, worrying more to seek instruments to understand their situation through scientific and social discourse.

“Toxic corporality” is a new class that derives from “embodied risk” concerning the experience of producing sense and meaning of the toxicity and pollution which endangers health. It is a new social perception of pollution as something that gets embedded in the body and permeates it with toxics coming from air, water and food. Human contamination  is the result of the coexistence of several factors: increased agricultural and industrial production, the development of industry and consumption, the accumulation and the greater volume of waste disposal, transportation patterns and energy consumption. This embodiment of risk is a result of an increase in synthetic chemistry intervention in our habits of consumption and production of food, cosmetics, and cleaning products, etc., that endanger our health.

This edition of E-Journals is a call for an analysis of this emerging reality: the “toxic embodiment” as an experience related to the production of meaning and symbols around the body’s toxicity and pollution in everyday life.

Please send articles to by 15th May 2013, or visit for more information.

Just published: “Exhuming the defeated: Civil War mass graves in 21st-century Spain”, by Francisco Ferrándiz

Francisco FERRÁNDIZ, social anthropologist at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spanish National Research Council), has just published an article in the last issue (Vol 40, n°1, february 2013) of the journal American Anthropologist, dealing with exhumations occuring in Spain. The exhumations of two mass graves in a small Spanish village, conducted eight years apart, illustrate changing attitudes towards and procedures related to Civil War (1936–39) disinterments over the last decade. The sudden public visibility oLink to full-size graphical abstractf skeletons of civilians executed by Francisco Franco’s paramilitary has triggered heated debates both about how to handle these remains in a consolidated democratic state and what to make of related judicial and institutional initiatives.

To read more : see here.