Call for papers – Material traces of mass death

The international event ‘Material traces of mass death: the exhumed object’ will be held on 4th-6th November 2015, Marseille.

Within the context of a historiography and of practices in renewal, the multidisciplinary team wishes to pursue reflections on a particular dimension of the material traces of mass deaths. If mass graves shelter human residues of the victims they also contain various objects, which equally challenge professionals of exhumations, researchers or relatives of the victims. Too often left aside (except by archaeologists), being considered appendices of skeletal left overs, these objects are not only rich in information, but they are also carriers of emotions and multiple interrogations. It is to these objects, signifying per se, their function in the practice of exhumation and their uses posterior to the practices of reburial and maintenance of memory, which this seminar is devoted.

Papers may focus in a non-exhaustive manner on the following themes:
– The object as a source: The object in a mass graves is a major carrier of knowledge: it represents one of the fundamental elements of expertise, anthropological treatment and scientific data.
– The object as a sign: Material traces of the massacre, which constitute the object, refer to the human being whom possessed it as a sort of metonymy and therefore disposes of a stronger evocative power. Thus the objects find themselves in the centre of the museum’s representations of mass violence.

The paper proposals, approximately 300 words and written in French or in English, should be accompanied by a brief CV (1 page maximum) and sent before the 12th January 2015 to the following address: objetsfosses@gmail.com

Fore more information please see here.

Call for papers – Studi Tanatologici volume 7

Studi-TanatologiciStudi Tanatologici (Thanatological studies), edited by the A. Fabretti Foundation, is the only Scientific Journal in Italy specialized in the study of death and dying.

Thanatology, a complex field that requires the dialogue between different fields of knowledge, is the focal point around which converge disciplines such as History, Anthropology, Sociology, Medicine, Psychology, and others. The Journal is therefore interdisciplinary and open to national and international experiences.

The main section, “Studies and research”, features issues such as: rites and funeral practices; death and dying from a cross-cultural perspective; grief and mourning; cemeteries and funerary policies; representations of illness, body, ageing and death; end-of-life decisions; euthanasia; bioethics; palliative care; socio-cultural and historical perspectives on death. Each issue also includes a section “Classics in Thanatology and the anthropology of Death”, a Glossary and a Reviews section.

The editorial board ensures a wide dissemination of the journal both on paper and online, promoting free access through the major open access platforms. Thanatological studies is recognized by the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems (ANVUR). The journal ensures a high level of scientific quality through a rigorous peer review process.

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished articles to the section “Studies and research”. Contributions are accepted in four languages (Italian, English, French and Spanish) and should have a total length between 30,000 and 40,000 characters including spaces.

The submission deadline for the seventh issue scheduled for December 2014, is September 15, 2014.

Your manuscript should be sent to the editor at studitanatologici@fondazionefabretti.it or cristinavargas@fondazionefabretti.it

For further information, including submissions of book reviews, please see here.

Call for papers – Genocide Studies International

GSIThe editors of the new print journal Genocide Studies International are issuing a call for papers. The first issue is already in press and will appear in March 2014 as a special issue on “The Failure of Prevention.” The second issue will be a general issue, open to articles on all aspects of the phenomenon of genocide.

The journal is peer reviewed, comparative in nature, and will include articles and reviews as well as regular features to engage and immerse readers in current news and activities in the field of genocide and human rights studies. The deadline for submissions for the second issue is February 10, 2014. The issue is scheduled to appear in September 2014.

The third issue, due out in March 2015, will be a special issue on the Ottoman Genocide of Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks. April 2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of what is generally considered the start of this genocidal process. The deadline for submissions for the third issue will be September 1, 2014.

Submissions and editorial inquiries should be addressed to genstudintl@outlook.com.

People interested in submitting books for review, suggesting titles, or interested in writing academic reviews, should contact the Book Review Editor, Prof. Hilary Earl, at gsibookreview@gmail.com.

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 toxicbodyctp@gmail.com by 15th May 2013, or visit www.antropologia.cat for more information.