Special issue of South East Asia Research : LIFE AFTER COLLECTIVE DEATH IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA

A special issue of South East Asia Research,
Life after Collective Death in South East Asia:

Part 1 – The (Re-) Fabrication of Social Bonds
Volume 20, Number 2, June 2012

 In the decades leading up to 2012, South East Asia has not only experienced civil wars, but has also seen a number of major ‘natural’ disasters (typhoons, earthquakes, floods and tsunamis).  This special issue is a two-part collection of papers (the second will appear in June 2013) – which examines the aftermath of the immense collective deaths from a mid-term perspective.
Life after Collective Death in South East Asia looks at how South East Asian societies adapt in the aftermath of environmental, social and human destruction; it examines the processes these societies go through in order to make sense of and cope with disasters.  While engaging with mental and physical suffering the researchers also encountered peoples and groups with the capacity to overcome such suffering.  The articles therefore focus as much on the vitality of contemporary South East Asia as on the tragic events.

See table of content : here.

About the Guest Editors:
Dr Anne Yvonne Guillou is an anthropologist and tenured researcher at Centre Asie du Sud-Est (CASE), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 190 Avenue de France, 75244 Paris Cedex 13, France.  E-mail: anne.guillou@case.cnrs.fr.
Dr Silvia Vignato is an anthropologist and tenured researcher at Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione ‘Riccardo Massa’, Università di Milano-Bicocca, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, 20126 Milano, Italy. E-mail: silvia.vignato@unimib.it.

Présentation de notre programme à la conférence de l’INOG à San Francisco (2012)

Dans le cadre de notre programme de recherche, nous avons organisé un panel à la 3rd Global Conference on Genocide de l’International Network of Genocide Scholars, intitulée « Genocide: Knowing the Past, Safeguarding the Future », qui s’est tenue à la San Francisco State University (San Francisco, California) du 28 Juin au 1er Juillet 2012, auquel ont participé Elisabeth Anstett, Caroline Fournet, Jon Shute, Michael Salter et Jean-Marc Dreyfus.

Une quarantaine de personnes ont assisté aux présentations et les discussions qui ont suivi ont  été l’occasion d’échanges fructueux. Les questions ont particulièrement pointé le caractère novateur de notre recherche et les difficultés inhérentes au travail sur la matérialité des corps, sachant que les « Genocide Studies » sont aujourd’hui très théorisées. La discussion a aussi porté sur les limites de notre recherche et particulièrement sur le champ juridique. La présentation de Caroline Fournet a été l’objet de questions, qui nous aideront autant à poursuivre notre réflexion.

Le panel a été l’occasion de montrer l’avancée des travaux du projet de recherche. Nombreux ont été les contacts avec les collègues étrangers. Assister aux différents panels de la conférence nous a permis également de constater :
– l’état du champ des « Genocide Studies » au sein duquel la question des cadavres dans les violences de masse et les génocides est encore peu considérée (quelques rares interventions, en dehors de notre panel, ont traité cette question des corps).
– les questions posées dans le champ, en particulier la catégorisation des violences de masse et la définition même des génocides. Ce dernier point semble faire particulièrement problème à certains chercheurs qui questionnent les limites imposées par la définition juridique face à la multiplicité des cas étudiés.
– la faible présence des recherches sur l’Holocauste dans le champ des « Genocide Studies » ; la très faible présence des recherches sur la violence stalinienne dans ce même champ ; l’absence presque complète d’interrogation en criminologie.
– la grande attention portée par nos collègues aux différents tribunaux pénaux internationaux.

Au-delà de contacts nombreux, nous avons particulièrement noué des liens avec trois chercheurs que nous souhaiterions voir se joindre à nos travaux : David Deutsch (Université du Negev, Ben Gourion, Israel) qui travaille sur le rapport au corps des bourreaux de l’Holocauste, Shannon Scully (Strassker Family Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, USA) qui étudie le traitement patrimonial des restes humains au Rwanda et Toni Platt (University Berkeley, USA) qui enquête sur les exhumations massives des cimetières amérindiens en Californie.

Conference “The case of victims in Spain and Europe”, 28-29 May 2012 in Madrid

The case of victims in Spain and Europe: civil wars, terrorism and political acts of violence.
Nowadays, the political science works about the mobilization of the victims have been rather developed. Unfortunately, these studies ignore most of the time the Spanish fact which should be considered as one of the fields of investigation more appropriate and fertile to deal with this subject. The “case of victims” which could be terrorism, civil war or Franco system consequences, has been present in fact in the Spanish public debate for years.
However in Spain the cause of victims haven’t been analysed itself but in a few occasions and sometimes it is connected with subjects as the historical memory and the justice. The scarce studies trying to isolate the subject of the collective associations of victims are dealt either from a point of view psychological or historical and having a tendency to forget the contribution of the social and politic sciences.
Nevertheless we consider urgent and necessary to contribute to analyse deeply the “cause of victims” in Spain – the way it was set up and the types of reply which have been given rise – such as it is noticed in the mobilizations around the terrorism, Franco system and the civil war and whose bet in politician it is more and more important in Spain nowadays.
In this way, this international and interdisciplinary symposium will meet sociologists, anthropologists, political researchers and historians who will try to compare systematically which it is noticed in Spain from other fields of European investigations (France, Italy, Ex-Yugoslavia, etc). Therefore the aim is to get to know why is special and important the Spanish case in the potential development of the feeling of “victimhood” in Europe during the XX and XXI centuries.

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“Journal of Genocide Research”: Call for Papers

The editors of the Journal of Genocide Research (the official journal of the International Network of Genocide Scholars) invite expressions of interest for participation in a one-day research workshop on genocide and its memorialization in the country of genocide or in countries with a significant victim/refugee diaspora. How do post-conflict societies negotiate genocidal histories as public narratives, human rights education discourses, and means of documentation of criminal pasts, and/or reconciliation? How have museums, for example, advanced understanding of genocide or undermined it through selective witness perspectives and/or political biases? In what ways has social media shaped the delivery of genocide narratives and their communicability? The editors invite proposals that address these questions and raise others related to genocide memorialization in public, museum, and other institutional settings. The workshop is open in geographic and temporal coverage. Topics can address the evolution and politics of genocide memorialization in recent and colonial times in a national or transnational context, for example Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, the Mediterranean world, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. Read More

Art Installation “Map of Silence”

Argentine artist Rafael Landea’s multimedia installation, Maps of Silence, explores the political use of the concept of silence in different historical contexts. This work was created in collaboration with Gregory T. Kuhn. It features video performances of John Cage’s 4’33″ recorded in different countries.

Maps of Silence examines different historical contexts where the concept of silence took on crucial social and political dimensions. One of them is Buenos Aires, 1975, during a dictatorial government campaign ; this context is called by the artist, “Silence = Death” .