Corpses and Destruction. Les cadavres et leur destruction

EHESS  -  105 bd Raspail  -  75006 Paris

Corpses and Destruction

Les cadavres et leur destruction

1st Annual & International Workshop of the Research Programme "Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide" financed by a grant of the European Research Council

Organisers : Elisabeth Anstett (CNRS, France) and Jean-Marc Dreyfus (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
12th, 13th & 14th September 2012
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales 105 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, France
This workshop addresses the first phase of the research programme “Corpses of mass violence and genocide”. In the context of mass violence and genocide, death is not the end of the executors’ work. After the abuses, the victims’ corpses are treated and manipulated in very specific ways, amounting in some cases to true social engineering; this phase is remarkably little documented in the existing research. This conference aims therefore to explore this phase of destruction, across a range of extreme situations including mass cremations, concealment, profanation, displacement or re-burials. Focused on the 20th century, the conference will seek to reevaluate the motivations, the ideological frameworks and the technical processes at work in the destruction of corpses, taking a comparative and instrumental perspective which should open to new research in mass violence and genocide studies.

12th September 2012

14h00-15h30 - introductory address
by Elisabeth Anstett (CNRS, France) & Jean-Marc Dreyfus (University of Manchester, GB)

Key note speech: Yehonathan Alsheh (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
16h00-17h30 - Ideologies
Chair : Joost Fontein (The University of Edinburgh, GB)

• Remi Korman (EHESS, France)

• Michael Mc Connel (The University of Tennessee, USA)

13th September 2012

9h00-10h30 - Criminology of mass violence
Chair : Caroline Fournet (Gröningen University, Netherland)

• Jon Shute (University of Manchester, GB)

• Kjell Anderson (The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Netherland)
11h00-12h30 - Secondary mass grave
Chair : Michel Signoli (CNRS-Aix Marseille Université, France)

• José Lopez Mazz (Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay)

• Sari Wastell (Goldsmith College, GB) & Admir Jugo (International Commission for Missing Persons, Bosnia).
14h00-15h30 - Mass cremation
Chair : Robert Jan Van Pelt (University of Waterloo, Canada)

• Elena Zhemkova (Memorial, Russia)

• Elissa Mailänder (Siences Po Paris, France)
16h30-18h30 - Projection & round table
Organized in collaboration with the CNRS eschare-unit ADES (Anthropologie bio-culturelle, Droit, Éthique & Santé).

Projection of «Las Manos en la Tierra», 52’ documentary film (2010) by Virginia Martínez devoted to the role of the forensic anthropologists in Uruguay in the search for the desaparecidos of military dictatorship (1973-85). Projection followed by a round table with José Lopez-Mazz (Universidad de Mondevideo, Uruguay), Michel Signoli (CNRS, France), Sévane Garibian (Université de Genève, Suisse), Elisabeth Anstett (CNRS, France) and Francisco Etxeberria (Universidad del País Vasco, Spain - to be confirmed).

14th September 2012

9h00-10h30 - Governing the dead
Chair: Finn Stepputat (DIIS, Denmark)

• Chowra Makaremi (CNRS, France)

• Max Bergholz (University of Concordia, Canada)
11h00-12h30 - Disposal
Chair : Marcia Esparza (John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY, USA)

• Therkel Straede (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

• Nicky Rousseau (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)
14h00-16h00 - Concealment
Chair : Sévane Garibian (Université de Genève, Switzerland)

• Mario Ranalletti & Esteban Pontoriero (UNTREF, Argentina)

• Raymond Kevorkian (Université Paris-VIII-Saint-Denis, France)

• Adrian Cioflanca (Romanian Academy, Romania)
16h30-17h30 - Conclusion by Robert Jan Van Pelt (University of Waterloo, Canada).
  • du mercredi 12 septembre 2012 à 14h au  vendredi 14 septembre 2012 à 18h
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