Gardien de Camp – Review

Gardien de camp

Anthropologist Elisabeth Anstett and lecturer in Russian literature Luba Jurgenson have just published Dantsig Balldaev, Gardien de Camp. Tatouages et dessins du goulag analysing the tattoos and drawings of Dantsig Baldaev, a former officer of the Soviet Interior Ministry and long-time member of the prison institution. Following several years of data collection with inmates of Soviet prison camps, Baldaev sketched hundreds of designs over a 40 year period, raising many questions on this infamous historical institution.

The book has been reviewed in Les Inrocks which can be read (in french) here.

Towards a community of death – Tony Platt

The Corpses of mass violence and genocide 2nd annual conference has been documented by Tony Platt, Visiting Professor in the Department of Justice Studies, San José State University, in his blog GoodToGo. The post, ‘Towards a community of death’, provides a rigorous account of the presentations delivered at the conference, and summarises the pertinence of the themes raised to the central question: when, how and why should we identify the dead victims of mass violence and genocide?

Please see here for the full post.

D-Day Arromanches beach art tribute


In order to commemorate the civilians, Allies and German forces who died on Arromanches beach on 6 June 1944, hundreds on volunteers helped to create 9,000 stencil silhouettes of those killed, installing them into the sand in Normandy. The silhouettes were created to mark International Peace Day in September 2013 by sculptors Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss.

Please see here to watch a time lapse of how the artwork, titled “The Fallen”, was made.

Colloque du GALF – Lecture

On Thursday 17 October 2013, Dr Elisabeth Anstett, Principal Investigator of the Corpses of mass violence and genocide programme, will present a paper on the “forensic turn” facing anthropologists, archaeologists and forensics in the contemporary exhumation process. The paper will lead the panel “Mass death and funeral management: an anthropological approach” at the 31st Conference of the ‘Groupement des Anthropologistes de Langue Française’ at the Medical Faculty of Marseille University. Please see here for further information.