[Bodies of Evidence: Buriel, Memory and the Recovery of Missing Persons in Cyprus] Paul Sant Cassia

Bodies of Evidence: Burial, Memory and the Recovery of Missing Persons in Cyprus

By Paul Sant Cassia

  • In the course of hostilities between Greek and Turkish Cypriots between 1963 and 1974, over 2000 persons, both Greek and Turkish Cypriots, went “missing” in Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean with a population distribution of 80% Greeks and 18% Turks. This represents a significant number for a population of only 600,000. Few bodies have been recovered; most will probably not be. All are still mourned by their surviving friends and relatives. The conflict has still not been resolved and the memories are still alive.

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Why Did They Kill?.Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide

Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide

Writers: Alexander Laban Hinton (Author), Robert Jay Lifton (Foreword)

Available worldwide California Series in Public Anthropology Of all the horrors human beings perpetrate, genocide stands near the top of the list. Its toll is staggering: well over 100 million dead worldwide. Why Did They Kill? is one of the first anthropological attempts to analyze the origins of genocide. In it, Alexander Hinton focuses on the devastation that took place in Cambodia from April 1975 to January 1979 under the Khmer Rouge in order to explore why mass murder happens and what motivates perpetrators to kill. Basing his analysis on years of investigative work in Cambodia, Hinton finds parallels between the Khmer Rouge and the Nazi regimes. Policies in Cambodia resulted in the deaths of over 1.7 million of that country’s 8 million inhabitants—almost a quarter of the population–who perished from starvation, overwork, illness, malnutrition, and execution. Hinton considers this violence in light of a number of dynamics, including the ways in which difference is manufactured, how identity and meaning are constructed, and how emotionally resonant forms of cultural knowledge are incorporated into genocidal ideologies.

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Gegenwart der Vergangenheit Die Kontroverse um Bürgerkrieg und Diktatur in Spanien

Gegenwart der Vergangenheit

Georg Pichler

1. Aufl. 07.01.2013

ca. 333 S. – 135,0 x 204,0 cm, Pb

ISBN 978-3-85869-476-8

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The Mnemonic Imagination. Remembering as Creative Practice


Emily Keightley and Michael Pickering (2012). The Mnemonic Imagination: Remembering as Creative Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Memory Studies)



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Dark Is The Room Where We Sleep

Francesc_Torres_Oscura_habiBy TORRES, FRANCESC

  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Actar; Bilingual edition (July 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8496540685
  • ASIN: B008SMB9HA

About seven years ago I started working with the idea of the recovery of the memory of Spain’s recent history. First I considered an archaeological project centring on the material sediment of the Civil War in the old battlefields, specifically the Ebro front. At the same time, the Spanish Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARMH) had begun to locate, excavate and exhume the mass graves from the Spanish war and post-war. After a protracted struggle with two successive Catalan regional administrations of opposing ideological signs who thwarted my project in Catalonia, despite my having funding from two US foundations (Fulbright and American Center) and the support of two Catalan universities, I ended up doing it in Burgos in collaboration with the ARMH. This book documents an exercise in citizenship by a group of Spaniards determined to rescue a part of their history which had been sequestered.

About the Author

FRANCESC TORRES (Barcelona, 1948) Trained at the Escola Massana in Barcelona, in 1967 he moved to Paris, where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and worked as an assistant to Piotr Kowalski, a Polish sculptor as well as architect and physicist from MIT, who would be a major influence on Torres. Torres moved to the US in 1974, remaining there until the early 2000s, when he returned to Barcelona. Throughout his career, Torres has done performance, photography, video and installations. Francesc Torres’ works question social order based on the relations between political and economic power. One of the marks of his work is his attention to memory and the present, in a detailed and careful reading of critical episodes in history linked to specific contexts. Examining the machinery of war and violence in culture and history, Torres often assumes the role of historian or philosopher and contemplates the tensions between the implacability of the passage of time and fragility of memory, in politically loaded spaces.

Intimate Enemies. Violence and Reconciliation in Peru


Kimberly Theidon is John J. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.

A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series

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El holocausto español

el-holocausto-espanol Durante la Guerra Civil española, cerca de 200.000 hombres y mujeres fueron asesinados lejos del frente, ejecutados extrajudicialmente o tras precarios procesos legales, y al menos 300.000 personas perdieron la vida en los frentes de batalla. Un número desconocido fueron víctimas de los bombardeos y los éxodos que siguieron a la ocupación del territorio por parte de las fuerzas militares de Franco. En el conjunto de España, tras la victoria definitiva de los rebeldes a finales de marzo de 1939, alrededor de 20.000 republicanos fueron ejecutados. Muchos más murieron de hambre y enfermedades en prisiones y campos de concentración, donde se hacinaban en condiciones infrahumanas. Otros sucumbieron a las duras condiciones de los batallones de trabajo. A más de medio millón de refugiados no les quedó más salida que el exilio, y muchos perecieron en los campos de internamiento franceses. Varios miles acabaron en los campos de exterminio nazis. Todo ello constituye lo que a mi juicio puede llamarse el «holocausto español». El propósito de este libro es mostrar, en la medida de lo posible, lo que aconteció a la población civil y desentrañar los porqués.
Paul Preston

Book of the Month: Fontanosas 1941-2006: Memoria de carne y hueso


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Fontanosas 1941-2006: Memoria de carne y hueso

Resumen : Este libro nace de una carta anónima que rememoraba unos hechos dramáticos ocurridos en Fontanosas en julio de 1941. El autor de la carta había estado en el pelotón de fusilamiento que segó la vida de siete pobres campesinos. La carta fue acicate para iniciar el proceso de exhumación y reinhuación de los fusilados y a partir de esto, para realizar no sólo investigaciones forenses, etnográficas e históricas sino también literarias, ensayos fotográficos, periodísticos y políticos. Sirvió no sólo para activar la memoria de un acontecimiento sino de todo un periodo, el periodo más negro de la historia contemporánea de Fontanosas

ISBN :978-84-693-3415-7

Where Memory Dwells. Culture and State Violence in Chile

Where Memory Dwells

By Macarena Gómez-Barris

The 1973 military coup in Chile deposed the democratically elected Salvador Allende and installed a dictatorship that terrorized the country for almost twenty years. Subsequent efforts to come to terms with the national trauma have resulted in an outpouring of fiction, art, film, and drama. In this ethnography, Macarena Gómez-Barris examines cultural sites and representations in postdictatorship Chile—what she calls “memory symbolics”—to uncover the impact of state-sponsored violence. She surveys the concentration camp turned memorial park, Villa Grimaldi, documentary films, the torture paintings of Guillermo Núñez, and art by Chilean exiles, arguing that two contradictory forces are at work: a desire to forget the experiences and the victims, and a powerful need to remember and memorialize them. By linking culture, nation, and identity, Gómez-Barris shows how those most affected by the legacies of the dictatorship continue to live with the presence of violence in their bodies, in their daily lives, and in the identities they pass down to younger generations.

The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood

The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood

By Didier Fassin, Richard Rechtman, Rachel Gomme

Today we are accustomed to psychiatrists being summoned to scenes of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, war, and other tragic events to care for the psychic trauma of victims–yet it has not always been so. The very idea of psychic trauma came into being only at the end of the nineteenth century and for a long time was treated with suspicion. The Empire of Trauma tells the story of how the traumatic victim became culturally and politically respectable, and how trauma itself became an unassailable moral category.

Basing their analysis on a wide-ranging ethnography, Didier Fassin and Richard Rechtman examine the politics of reparation, testimony, and proof made possible by the recognition of trauma. They study the application of psychiatric victimology to victims of the 1995 terrorist bombings in Paris and the 2001 industrial disaster in Toulouse; the involvement of humanitarian psychiatry with both Palestinians and Israelis during the second Intifada; and the application of the psychotraumatology of exile to asylum seekers victimized by persecution and torture.

Revealing how trauma has come to authenticate the suffering of victims, The Empire of Trauma provides critical perspective on some of the moral and political issues at stake in the contemporary world.

Didier Fassin, one of France’s leading social anthropologists and a physician in internal medicine, is the James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Richard Rechtman, a psychiatrist and anthropologist, is medical director of the Institut Marcel Rivière in France. Both are members of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Social Issues (IRIS).