Francisco Ferrándiz Martín

 

Francisco Ferrándiz (PhD University of California at Berkeley, 1996) is Associate Researcher in the Institute of Language, Literature and Anthropology (ILLA) of the Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CCHS) at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His research in the anthropology of the body, violence and social memory encompasses two main ethnographic objects: the spiritist cult of María Lionza in Venezuela and, since 2003, the politics of memory in contemporary Spain, through the analysis of the current process of exhumation of mass graves from the Civil War (1936-1939). Before being hired at CSIC, he has taught and conducted research at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Virginia, the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), the University of Utrecht, the Autonomous University of Morelos (UAEM), the University of Deusto and the University of Extremadura. He is the author of Escenarios del cuerpo: Espiritismo y sociedad en Venezuela (2004), and co-editor of The Emotion and the Truth: Studies in Mass Communication and Conflict (2002), Before Emergency: Conflict Prevention and the Media (2003), Violencias y culturas (2003), Jóvenes sin tregua: Culturas y políticas de la violencia (2005), Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Peace and Conflict Research (2007), and Fontanosas 1941-2006: Memorias de carne y hueso (2010), among others.

Main publications:

Books (as author):

  • 2018 (Bajo contrato. Fecha prevista de publicación). Bare Bones: Civil War Exhumations in Contemporary Spain. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • 2014. El pasado bajo tierra: Exhumaciones contemporáneas de la Guerra Civil.  Barcelona: Grupo Editorial Siglo XXI/Anthropos
  • 2011. Etnografías contemporáneas: Anclajes, métodos y claves para el futuro.  Barcelona: Grupo Editorial Siglo XXI/Anthropos/UAM Iztapalapa
  • 2004. Escenarios del cuerpo: Espiritismo y sociedad en Venezuela. Bilbao: Universidad de Deusto

Books (as co-editor and/or co-author):

  • 2015. & A. Robben A.  Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • 2015. & J. A Flores, M. García Alonso, J. López García y P Pitarch Manuel Gutiérrez Estévez: Maestro de etnógrafos (americanistas). Madrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuet
  • 2014. & M. Hristova, L. Douglas y Z. De Kerangat Faces and Traces of Violence: Memory Politics in Global Perspective. Número Especial de la revista Culture and History Digital Journal 3(2) (CSIC)
  • 2012. & Solé Q. Desenterrando el silencio: Antoni Benaiges, el maestro que prometió el mar. Barcelona: Blume
  • 2011. & A. Leizaola  y M. García Alonso Etnografías contemporáneas de las violencias políticas: Memoria, olvido, justicia. León: FFAAEE/Michael Kenny
  • 2010. & J. López García Memorias de carne y hueso: Fontanosas 1941-2006. Ciudad Real: Diputación de Ciudad Real
  • 2009. & R. Hudson y W. Bender Peace, Conflict and Identity: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Research. Bilbao: HumanitarianNet/ Deusto University Press
  • 2007. & A. Robben Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Peace and Conflict Research. Bilbao: HumanitarianNet/ Universidad de Deusto
  • 2006. & C. Feixa Tierra quemada: Violencias y culturas en América Latina. Número especial de la RevistaNueva Antropología, n65 (Colegio de México, México D.F.)
  • 2005. & C. Feixa Jóvenes sin tregua: Culturas y políticas de la violencia. Barcelona: Anthropos
  • 2003. & J. M. Pureza Before Emergency: Conflict Prevention and the Media. Bilbao: HumanitarianNet/Universidad de Deusto
  • 2003.  & C. Feixa Violencias y culturas. Barcelona: FAAEE/ICA
  • 2002. & M. Aguirre The Emotion and the Truth: Studies in Mass Communication and Conflict. Bilbao: HumanitarianNet/ Universidad de Deusto 

Articles and chapters of books (of the last 3 years):  

  • 2017 (En prensa) “Death on the Move: Pantheons and Reburials in Spanish Civil War Exhumations”. En A Companion to the Anthropology of Death. Ed. por Antonious C.G.M. Robben. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
  • 2017 (En prensa) “Unmaking Militarism Spanish Style: Engaging the Civil War Legacy”. Current Anthropology, número especial Cultures of Militarism, editado por Catherine Besteman y Hugh Gusterson
  • 2017 (En prensa) & A. Robben “The Transitional Lives of Crimes against Humanity: Forensic Evidence under Changing Political Contexts”. En Bodies of Evidence: Anthropological Studies of Security, Knowledge and Power. Ed. por Mark Maguire, Ursula Rao and Nils Zurawski. Durham: Duke University Press
  • 2017 (En prensa)“Exhumaciones de fosas comunes y políticas de victimización”. En Víctimas políticas en España y Europa. Ed. por Gérôme Truc. Madrid: Casa de Velázquez
  • 2016  “Afterlives: Tracing Exhumed Bodies beyond the Mass Grave”. En Legacies of Violence in Contemporary Spain: Exhuming the Past, Understanding the Present. Ed. por Ofelia Ferrán y Lisa Hilbink. Nueva York: Routledge
  • 2016 & E. Silva “From Mass Graves to Human Rights: The Spanish Disappeared in a Transnational Context”. En Missing Persons: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Disappeared. Ed. por Derek Congram, pp. 74-101. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press Inc.
  • 2016 “From Tear to Pixel: Political Correctness and Digital Emotions in the Exhumation of Mass Graves from the Civil War”. En Engaging the Emotions in Spanish Culture and History (18th Century to the Present). Ed. por María Elena Delgado, Pura Fernández y Jo Labanyi, pp. 242-261. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press
  • 2016 & P. Aguilar  “Historical Memory, Media and Spectacle: Interviú and the Portrayal of Civil War Exhumations in the Early Years of Spanish Democracy”. Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 17(1): 1-25
  • 2015 “Exhumar la derrota”. En Políticas de memoria y construcción de ciudadanía. Ed. por A.Jerez y E. Silva, pp. 255-263. Madrid: Postmetrópolis Editorial
  • 2015 “Mass Graves: A Spanish Tale”. En Necropolitics: Masss Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights. Ed. Por F. Ferrándiz y A. Robben, pp. 92-118. Filadelfia: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • 2015 & A. Robben “The Ethnography of Exhumations”. En Necropolitics: Masss Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights. Ed. por F. Ferrándiz y A. Robben, pp. 1-38. Filadelfia: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • 2015 “Ethnographies on the Limit: Ethnographic Versatility and Short-Circuits before Contemporary Violence”. Etnologia (Revista d’Etnologia de Cataluya) 40: 47-50

Elisabeth Anstett

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Elisabeth Anstett is tenured senior researcher in Social Anthropology at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France). Her areas of expertise include: mass violence and funerary rituals, exhumations and re-burals, dead bodies management, curation of human remains, Eastern Europe and social studies of waste.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of the prestigious journal Genocide Studies and Prevention: an International Journal; Director together with Jean-Marc Dreyfus of the collection Human Remains & Violence (Manchester University Press); Director together with Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Caroline Fournet of Human Remains & Violence – an Interdisciplinary Journal; Member of the Editorial Board of the magazine Etnologue Française; Director together with Caroline Dufy and Ronan Hervouet of the collection Europes, terrains et sociétés; and member from 2010 to 2015 of the Conseil de laboratoire de l’Iris.

 

Main publications (Author and co-author)

  • 2016, Dreyfus Jean-Marc y Anstett Elisabeth (eds.) Human Remains in Society. Curation and exhibition in the aftermath of genocide and mass violence. Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2016.
  • 2015,  Anstett Elisabeth y Ortar Nathalie (dir.) La deuxième vie des objets. Recyclage et récupération dans les sociétés contemporaines. Paris, Pétra.
  • 2015, (Dir., y J.-M. Dreyfus). Human remains and identification. Mass violence, genocide, and the ‘forensic turn’. Manchester University Press, 2015, 236 pages.
  • 2014, (Dir., y Jean-Marc Dreyfus). Destruction and Human Remains. Disposal and concealment in genocide and mass violence. Manchester, Manchester University Press, 256 pages.
  • 2014 (Dir. J.-M. Dreyfus y É. Anstett). Human Remains and Mass Violence. Methodological approaches. Manchester, Manchester University Press, 192 pages.
  • 2013, (Eds, y Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Sévane Garibian), Cadáveres impensables, cadáveres inpensadas, El tratamiento de los cuerpos en las violencias masivas y los genocidios, Buenos Aires, Mino y Davila.
  • 2013, (y L. Jurgenson). Dantsig Baldaev. Gardien de camp, tatouages et dessins du Goulag. Genève: Éditions des Syrtes. 208 p.
  • 2012, (Dir. , y J.-M. Dreyfus). Cadavres impensables, cadavres impensés. Approches méthodologiques du traitement des corps dans les violences de masse et les génocides. Paris: Petra, collection “Les cadavres dans les violences de masse et les génocides”. 152 p.
  • 2012, (y M.-L. Gélard) Les Objets ont-ils un genre ? Culture matérielle et production sociale des identités sexuées, Paris, Armand Colin, collection « Recherche ».
  • 2009, (Dir.) Un patrimoine sous influences, usages politiques, religieux et identitaires de l’image dans le monde slave, Paris, Pétra “collection Sociétés et cultures postsoviétiques en mouvement” dirigée par M. Laruelle et V. Symaniec.
  • 2009, (Dir. y L. Jurgenson) Le Goulag en héritage. Pour une anthropologie de la trace, Paris, Pétra, “collection Sociétés et cultures postsoviétiques en mouvement” dirigée par M. Laruelle et V. Symaniec.
  • 2009, (Dir. y C. Dufy et R. Hervouet) Quelles Hiérarchies sociales en Europe ? Paris, Pétra, “collection Europes, terrains et sociétés” dirigée par E. Anstett, C. Dufy et R. Hervouet.
  • 2007, Une Atlantide russe, anthropologie de la mémoire en Russie postsoviétique. Paris, La Découverte, “collection Recherche” dirigée par C. Calame et M. Kilani.
  • 2007, (Dir. y P.-M. Chauvin, C. Dufy et R. Hervouet) Jeunes générations en Europe, regards croisés est/ouest. Agora, débats/jeunesse,  n° 45, octobre 2007.
  • 2004, Liens de parenté en Russie postsoviétique : une enquête ethnographique. Avant-propos de F. Zonabend, Paris, L’Harmattan, collection “Nouvelles études anthropologiques”.

 

Zahira Aragüete-Toribio

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Zahira Aragüete-Toribio holds an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics and a PhD in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. From 2009 to 2013, she worked as a research assistant under the supervision of Sari Wastell (Goldsmiths, University of London) in the project Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts: Transitional Justice and the Legal Shaping of Memory after Two Modern Conflicts funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant). In 2013 she co-organized two international conferences, Thinking Memory through Space: Materiality, Representation and Imagination (Goldsmiths, University of London) with Pamela Colombo, Lee Douglas and Marije Hristova, and Beyond the One-Size-Fits-All Model of Transitional Justice (University of Deusto, Bilbao) with Sari Wastell. From 2013 to 2016, she worked as an associate lecturer in anthropology of rights, anthropology and history, anthropology and gender theory, and introduction to social anthropology in the Department of Anthropology of Goldsmiths, University of London. Currently, she works as a postdoctoral researcher in the project Right to Truth, Truth(s) through Rights: Mass Crimes Impunity and Transitional Justice led by Sévane Garibian and funded by the Swiss National Fund (SNF) at the University of Geneva.

Her doctoral research explored scientific, historical and social practices in connection to the exhumation of human remains buried in mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and the postwar period in the region of Extremadura (Spain). Focusing on notions of evidence production in these contexts, she studied the role that human remains, documents, war remnants, oral histories and expertise played in the construction of new historical visions and sociopolitical claims about past political repression. Her work as a postdoctoral researcher continues to focus on issues of post-violence reparation of mass crimes; the legal, political and scientific treatment of human remains in the production of truth, evidence and knowledge after conflict; and the sociocultural legacies of mass crimes in contexts of impunity. She has published her work in Human Remains and Violence and History and Anthropology. Her book Producing History in Spanish Civil War Exhumations: Between the Archive and the Grave will be published by Palgrave Macmillan en 2017.

 

Main publications:

Books:

  • Producing History in Spanish Civil War Exhumations. From the Archive to the Grave, Palsgrave Macmillan. (Fecha prevista de publicación 2017)

Articles and chapters of books :

  • “Confronting a History of Loss in a Spanish Family Archive”, History and Anthropology, vol. 28, n° 2, 2017, pp. 211-234.
  • “Negotiating Identity: Reburial and Commemoration of the Civil War Dead in Southwestern Spain”, Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol.1, n° 2, 2015, pp. 5-20.
  • “Traces of the Past: Working with Archaeology as Ethnographic Object”, Goldsmiths Anthropology Research Papers (GARP), n° 18, 2013, pp. 1-14.
  • “Objetos personales: exhumaciones, memoria y antropología visual”, in Beatriz Nates Cruz, María García Alonso, Carlos Vladimir Zambrano and Fabián Sanabria eds., Memoria y Territorio, Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia, Bogotá (co-autor Jorge Moreno Andrés).

 

Alejandro Baer Mieses

He has been Assistant Professor Doctor in the Department of Social Anthropology of the UCM and, from 2009 to 2011, Assistant Professor in the Chair of Sociology of Religion and Culture of the University of Bayreuth (Germany). He is currently Associated Professor of the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota (USA). His recent works tackle the theory and methodology of research on social memory and collective identities, and in particular visual culture, commemorations and the transnationalization of the memory of the Holocaust. He has also worked on testimonies and oral history and on anti-Semitism in Spain.

Between his subjects of investigation and specialization they emphasize: the studies on the memory; studies on the Holocaust and Genocide; anti-Semitism; the globalization; the Sociology of the media; qualitative methods; and Audiovisual Sociology, among others.

 
Main publications:

Ulrike Capdepón

Ulrike Capdepon holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Hamburg (Germany, 2011). She is an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA). After leaving the graduate school, she has been a Marie Curie-Fellow at the Center for Human Science and Humanities (CCHS) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid, an Otto-Bennmann Fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Konstanz in the European Research Council Project “Narratives of Terror and Disappearance in Argentina”. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Capdepon was a DAAD Postdoctoral Research Scholar affiliated to the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University in New York City. Currently, she is a Visiting Faculty in the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS), Princeton University (USA).

Her research interests include Human Rights policies and memory studies in Latin America and Spain, as well as national and international prosecutions of human rights crimes and enforced disappearance. Capdepon has published widely about the politics of the past, especially in Latin America’s Southern Cone and Spain, for different academic audiences in English, German and Spanish. She is the author of the book From the Pinochet Case to the desaparecidos of the Spanish Civil War. Coming to terms with the dictatorships’ past and Human Rights Violations in Chile and Spain. [Vom Fall Pinochet zu den Verschwundenen des Spanischen Bürgerkrieges: Die Auseinandersetzung mit Diktatur und Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Chile und Spanien] (Global Studies, Transcript) and of a substantial number of research papers and book chapters.

E-mail: ulrike.capdepon@giga-hamburg.de

 

Publications (selection)

Book

Vom Fall Pinochet zu den Verschwundenen des Spanischen Bürgerkrieges: Die Auseinandersetzung mit Diktatur und Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Chile und Spanien [From the Pinochet Case to the desaparecidos of the Spanish Civil War. Coming to Terms with the Dictatorships’ Past and Human Rights Violations in Chile and Spain]. PhD publication. Global Studies, Transcript: Bielefeld, pp. 376, 2015.

Review Articles

“Die juristische Aufarbeitung der franquistischen Verbrechen in Argentinien: Von der Straflosigkeit zur universellen Gerichtsbarkeit.” [Coming to Terms with the Franco Crimes in Argentina. From Impunity to Universal Jurisdiction]. In: Informationen. Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift des Studienkreises Deutscher Widerstand, Spanischer Bürgerkrieg. Geschichte und Gegenwart, No. 83, p. 7-11, 2016.

“Dictatorship and Human Rights Violations in Latin America. Coming to Terms with the Past in Chile and Argentina”. In: Art & Thought, Fikrun Wa Fann. Cultural Magazine for the Dialogue with the Arabic World (Journal of the Goethe-Institute) Special Issue on “Coming to Terms with the Past”, No. 98, p. 31-36, January 2013 (also published in Arabic and Farsi), online:https://www.znf.uni-hamburg.de/media/documents/peacebuilding/fruehere-semester/2013-friedensbildung-praesentationen-19122013-spaete-gerechtigkeit-text.pdf

“The Influence of Human Rights Discourses and Practices from the Southern Cone on the Confrontation with the Franco Dictatorship in Spain.” In: Human Security Perspectives, No. 1, p. 84-90, October 2011, online:

http://www.hs-perspectives.etc-graz.at/typo3/fileadmin/user_upload/ETC-Hauptseite/human_security/hs-perspectives/pdffiles/issue1_2011/CAPDEPON_Artikel.pdf

“Der öffentliche Umgang mit der Franco-Diktatur in Spanien” [Public Remembrance of the Franco Dictatorship in Spain]. In: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ), Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, No. 36, p. 33-38, September 2010, online: http://www.bpb.de/publikationen/H4P8MZ,0,Der_%F6ffentliche_Umgang_mit_der_FrancoDiktatur.html

“Die Verschwundenen des Spanischen Bürgerkriegs: Zwischen globalen Normen und lokalen Erinnerungsdiskursen” [The Disappeared from the Spanish Civil War: Between Global Norms and Local Memory Discourses]. In: WeltTrends. Zeitschrift für internationale Politik, No. 68, pp. 13-18, September 2009.

“La memoria de la Guerra Civil española a los setenta años de su comienzo” [The Memory of the Spanish Civil War Sixty Years After its Beginning]. In: Iberoamericana. América Latina–España–Portugal, No. 25, pp. 184-189, May 2007, online:

http://www.iai.spk-berlin.de/fileadmin/dokumentenbibliothek/Iberoamericana/2007/Nr_25/25_Capdepon.pdf

Book Chapters

“The Selectivity of Universal Jurisdiction: The History of Transnational Human Rights Prosecutions in Latin America and Spain.” In: Quataert, Jean H./Wildenthal, Lora (eds.): The History of Human Rights, Routledge Edited Volume: New York (forthcoming).

“Memorias familiares, identidades reprimidas y la vida política de los cadáveres: El significado actual de las narrativas de parentesco en las exhumaciones de la Guerra Civil española” [Family Memories, Repressed Identities and the Political Life of Dead Bodies. The Current Significance of Kinship Narratives at Exhumations from the Spanish Civil War]. In: Gatti, Gabriel/Mahlke, Kirsten (eds.): Víctimas, sangre y filiación en contextos culturales ibérico(americano)s [Victims, Blood and Filiation in Ibero(American) Contexts]. Verfuert, Iberoamericana: Frankfurt a. M. (forthcoming).

“La ‘Querella Argentina’ y la represión franquista: memorias locales, procesos de justicia transnacionales y ‘efectos rebote’”, In: Winter, Ulrich (ed.): Transiciones  democráticas en la península ibérica y el Cono Sur. La emergencia de espacios transnacionales de memoria. Topos, conceptos y discursos [Democratic Transitions in the Iberian Peninsula and the Southern Cone. The Emergence of Transnational Memory Spaces]. Peter Lang, Estudios hispánicos en el contexto global: Frankfurt a.  M. (forthcoming).

“Spaniens Übergang zur Demokratie und Westintegration: Von der ausbleibenden

Auseinandersetzung der Franco-Diktatur zur Abkehr vom Transitionskonsens.

[Spains Transition to Democracy and Integration to Europe. From a Lack of Official Politics of Coming to Terms with the Past to a Rejections of the Transition Consensus]. In: Ganzemüller, Jörg (ed.): Diktatur und Diktaturüberwindung in Spanien, Portugal und Griechenland [Overcoming Dictatorships in Spain, Portugal, and Greece], Böhlau: Weimar/Berlin (forthcoming).

“La representación del Holocausto en libros escolares de historia chilenos, españoles y argentinos: ¿Hacia la inscripción en un marco universal de los Derechos Humanos?” [Holocaust Representations in Chilean, Spanish and Argentinean Textbooks: Towards a Global Framework of Universal Human Rights?] In: Fracapane, Karel (ed.): La enseñanza del Holocausto en América Latina. Los desafíos para educadores y legisladores [Holocaust Education in Latin America. Challenges for Educators and Legislators], UNESCO: Paris, p. 174-183, 2017, online: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0025/002531/253183s.pdf

“Von Nürnberg nach Madrid? Transnationale Vergangenheitspolitik und universelle Gerichtsbarkeit zur juristischen Auseinandersetzung mit der Franco-Diktatur” [From Nuremberg to Madrid? Transnational Politics with the Past and Coming to Terms with the Franco Dictatorship Through Universal Jurisdiction].  In: Ganzemüller, Jörg (ed.): Recht und Gerechtigkeit. Die strafrechtliche Aufarbeitung der Diktaturen in Europa: Böhlau Editorial. Weimar/Berlin, p. 231-251, 2017.

“Transitional Justice in Spanien [Transitional Justice in Spain].” In: Mihr, Anja/Pickel, Gert/Pickel, Susanne (eds.): Transitional Justice Handbook, Springer Editorial: Berlin/Heidelberg, p. 1-20, 2016.

“Del ‘caso Pinochet’ a los desaparecidos de la Guerra Civil: La influencia de los discursos sobre los Derechos Humanos del Cono Sur en el debate español sobre el pasado franquista (1998-2012)” [From the Pinochet Case to the Disappeared of the Spanish Civil War. The Influence of Human Rights Discourses from the Southern Cone on the Spanish Debate about the Franco past]. In: Macé, Jean François/Martínez Zauner, Mario (eds.): Pasados de violencia política. Memoria, discurso y puesta en escena [Pasts of Political Violence. Memory, Discourse and Performance], Anexo editorial: Madrid, p. 257-279, 2016.

“Vom ‚Fall Pinochet’ zum ‚Fall Garzón‘. Der Einfluss von Menschenrechtsdiskursen aus dem Cono Sur auf die Auseinandersetzung mit der Franco-Diktatur in Spanien” [From the Pinochet Case to the Garzón Case. The influence of Human Rights Discourses from the Southern Cone for Memory Politics in Spain]. In: Halbmayer, Ernst/Karl, Sylvia (eds.): Die erinnerte Gewalt. Postkonfliktdynamiken in Lateinamerika [Remembered Violence. Post Conflict Dynamics in Latin America], Global Studies, Transcript, Bielefeld, p. 277-300, 2012.

Book Reviews 

“Surviving Forced Disappearance in Argentina and Uruguay. Identity and Meaning”, Gabriel Gatti, Palgrave Macmillan, New York (2014). In: Human Rights Quarterly, John Hopkins University Press, Cincinnati, Vol. 39, No. 1, p. 478-480, 2017.

“The Past Below Ground. Contemporary Exhumations of the Spanish Civil War”, Francisco Ferrándiz, Anthropos Editorial, Barcelona, Spain (2014). In: Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares, Madrid, CSIC, Vol. 70, No. 2, p. 571-573, 2015. Also published online at ISHR, Columbia University:  http://historicaldialogues.org/2015/06/29/book-review-el-pasado-bajo-tierra-exhumaciones-contemporaneas-de-la-guerra-civil/

“Entre historias y memorias. Los desafíos metodológicos del legado reciente en América Latina”, Maria Rosaria Stabili (ed.). In: Lateinamerika Analysen (Hamburg, GIGA), No. 18, p. 240-243, 2007.

Zoe Crossland

Zoe Crossland is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University. Her main theoretical interests lie in semiotic archaeology, and archaeologies of death and the body. She works in historical archaeology and the archaeology of the contemporary past, focusing particularly on nodes of controversy where conflicting sets of beliefs and practices converge. In particular, she is interested in the ways in which negotiations and conflict between actors are mediated through material conditions. To fully understand the extent to which archaeology may analyze such conditions, she works in two radically different areas of research.

Madagascar

Her research in Madagascar is concerned with archaeologies of encounter in the highlands.  One aspect of this research traces the introduction of Protestant Christianity into Madagascar by British missionaries at the start of the 19th century. Here she focuses on the potential dislocation that was experienced when one way of living, learned through a lifetime’s experience within specific material and social conditions, was challenged in a confrontation with a radically different understanding of how to act effectively and morally, the ways in which people attempted to resolve and make sense of this dislocation, and the new and unanticipated formations that were created as a result. She is currently completing a book which explores the semiotics of encounters in highland Madagascar, provisionally entitled: “Encounters with Ancestors: archaeologies of recognition and loss in highland Madagascar”.

Forensic Archaeology and Charles Sanders Peirce’s Semeiotic

My second area of research focuses on the production of the excavated body. Here I draw on the semeiotic of C. S. Peirce to explore the signs of the body and of exhumation, considering how archaeologists constitute themselves and others through embodied material engagement with the world. Through exploring the language and orientation of forensic archaeology towards the excavation of human remains, this research works towards a fuller appreciation of the situated and material semiotic relationships through which archaeology is composed, in order to better understand how we construct meaning from excavated material remains.

 

Main publications:

Books:

  • 2015. Disturbing Bodies: Anthropological Perspectives on Forensic Archaeology. Z. Crossland and R. Joyce (eds). SAR Press.
  • 2014. Encounters with Ancestors in Highland Madagascar: Material Signs and Traces of the Dead. Cambridge University Press.
  • 2012. A Fine and Private Place: The Archaeology of Death and Burial in Post-medieval Britain and Ireland, by A. Cherryson, Z. Crossland and S. Tarlow (co-authors). Leicester: University of Leicester Archaeological Monographs.

Articles:

  • 2016 Meaning from Juxtaposition: A Conversation with Photographer Jon Crispin about the Willard Asylum Suitcases. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 3.1: 103-120
  • 2014 The Anthropocene: locating agency. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. Forum on the Anthropocene 1(1):123-28
  • 2013. Evidential regimes of forensic archaeology. Annual Review of Anthropology 42 (Theme: Evidence): 121-137.
  • 2013. Signs of mission: material semeiosis and 19th century Tswana architecture. Signs and Society 1: 79-113.
  • 2009. Of clues and signs: the dead body and its evidential traces. American Anthropologist 111(1):69-80.
  • 2009. Acts of estrangement: the making of self and other through exhumation. Archaeological Dialogues 16(1):102-125.
  • 2006. Landscape and mission in Madagascar and Wales in the early 19th century: ‘Sowing the seeds of knowledge’. Landscapes 7(1): 93-121.
  • 2003. Towards an archaeology of ‘empty’ space: the efitra of the Middle West of Madagascar. Michigan Discussions in Anthropology, 14: 18-36.
  • 2001. Time and the ancestors: landscape survey in the Andrantsay region of Madagascar. Antiquity 75(290): 825-836.
  • 2000. Buried lives: forensic archaeology and Argentina’s disappeared. Archaeological Dialogues, 7(2): 146-159.

Chapters of books

  • 2015. The signs of mission. Rethinking archaeologies of representation. In Materializing Colonial Encounters: Archaeologies of African Experience. François Richard (ed). New York: Springer.
  • 2015. Epilogue: translating bodies. In Necropolitics. Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights. Francisco Ferrándiz and Tony Robben, (eds). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • 2015. Writing Forensic Anthropology; imagining the field in the US. In Disturbing Bodies: Anthropological Perspectives on Forensic Archaeology. Z. Crossland and R. Joyce (eds). SAR Press.
  • 2011. The archaeology of contemporary conflict. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion. T. Insoll, (ed). Oxford University Press, 285-306.
  • 2010. Materiality and embodiment. In The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies (Ms No. 19). D. Hicks and M. Beaudry, (eds). Oxford University Press, 386-405.
  • 2008. Z. Crossland, M. Freeman, P. Jones and B. Boyd. The Llanbadarn Fawr ‘gravestone urn’: an object history. In Monuments in the Landscape. P. Rainbird, (ed). Windgather Press, 212-227.
  • 2002. Violent spaces: conflict over the reappearance of Argentina’s disappeared. In Matériel Culture. The Archaeology of Twentieth Century Conflict. J. Schofield, C. Beck, and W. G. Johnson, (eds), pp. 115-131. London: Routledge.

 

Lee Douglas

Lee Douglas

Anthropologist, filmmaker, and photographer. PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from New York University, graduate of the NYU Program in Culture & Media, and MSc in Visual Anthropology from Oxford University.

Her doctoral thesis, “Producing Historical Knowledge in a World of Absence: Forensic Science, Cultures of Documentation, and the Politics of Memory in Post-Franco Spain,” examines the intersection of forensic science, modes of documentation, and image-making practices related to the excavation of mass graves and the identification of remains in post-Franco Spain. Paying close attention to the historical, social, and political uses use of forensic evidence, her research asks what the entanglement between science and visual representation reveals about the production and mobilization of knowledge in times of economic austerity and political change. Her research has received support from a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, a Marie Curie Fellowship, and a DPDF Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council.

In addition to her current work in Spain, Douglas has conducted ethnographic and archival research for projects that combine sociocultural analysis and image production in places as diverse as Santiago, Chile; Cordóba, Argentina; and her hometown of Dallas, Texas. She is a contributor to the publication and exhibition Human Rights / Copy Rights: Visual Archives in the Age of Declassification (University of Chile, Museum of Contemporary Art), the co-curator of Artless Photographs, a multimedia exhibit showcased at the Cincinnati Photography Biennial, and a co-producer of the e-book Chile from within, produced with Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas. She is co-founder and member of the visual anthropology collective materiaprimaLAB and the visual research initiative SplitScreen, both based in Madrid. She is also the Photo Essay Editor for Anthropology Now.

Select Publications:

Douglas, L. (forthcoming). “Bones, Documents, & DNA: Cultural Property at the Margins of the Law.” In: Jane Anderson & Haidy Geismar (eds.), Cultural Property (Companion Series), London: Routledge.

Douglas, L. 2015. “The Arts of Recognition.” In Anthropology Now, 7(3).

Douglas, L. 2014. “Mass Graves Gone Missing: Producing Knowledge in a World of Absence.” In Culture & History, 3(2): e022. http://dx.doi.org/10.3989/chdj.2014.022

Douglas, L. (2013). “The Evidentiary Regimes of Science and Sight: Forensic Science and the Exhumation of the Past.” In: Cristián Gómez-Moya (ed.), Human Rights / Copy Rights: Visual Archives in the Age of Declassification. Santiago de Chile: Universidad de Chile, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo.

Jean-Marc Dreyfus

Jean-Marc Dreyfus is reader in History and in Holocaust studies at the University of Manchester (History Division), United Kingdom. His research considers the Holocaust and genocides, Jewish history in Europe and post-mass violence exhumations and identification of corpses. He is the author of six monographs, including L’impossible réparation. Déportés, biens spoliés, or nazi, comptes bloqués, criminels de guerre (The impossible reparation. Deportees, looted properties, Nazi gold, war criminals), Paris, Flammarion, January 2015. He has recently edited a special issue of the European Review of History, on “Traces, memory and the Holocaust in the writings of W.G. Sebald”. He is the co-organizer (with Elisabeth Anstett) of the ERC research programme “Corpses of mass violence and genocide”. He currently holds a senior research fellowship from the British Academy, to write a book about the French search mission of corpses in Germany after WWII.

 

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Francisco Etxeberría Gabilondo

Forensic scientist, anthropologist, spelunker, researcher, titular professor of Legal and Forensic Medicine at the Universidad del País Vasco (UPV-EHU), president of the Aranzadi Science Society, secretary of the Spanish Association of Paleopathology, and subdirector of the Basque Institute of Criminology. He has participated as a researcher in numerous exhumations in archaeological contexts: soldiers from the Napoleonic wars, people executed by firing squad in the Spanish civil war, and arrested-disappeared people in Colombia and Chile. He has numerous national and international publications on subjects related to anthropology, paleopathology, and legal and forensic medicine. He received the Human Rights Prize “Gipuzkoa Giza Eskubideak 2006” from the Statutory Council of Guipuzcoa for his academic and professional trajectory in the field of Forensic Medicine. The Human Rights Prize “Rene Cassen 2007” of the Basque Government was awarded to the team he directs in the Aranzadi Science Society for its research project on the people who disappeared in the Spanish civil war.

Luis Fondebrider

Luis Fondebrider obtained his degree in Anthropological Sciences from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is a specialist in Forensic Anthropology. After democracy was restored in Argentina in 1983, together with a group of professionals in Archaeology, Anthropology, Medicine, and Computer Science, he founded an organization named the Argentinian Team of Forensic Anthropology (EAAF), with the objective of scientifically documenting the Human Rights violations that had occurred in Argentina between 1976 and 1983. At present, he is President of the EAAF. In his role as a member of the EAAF, he has participated as an expert in over 700 cases in the Argentinian courts. At the same time, he participated in and/or co-directed research missions in numerous countries. He has acted as an expert and/or forensic consultant for different international organizations. He has also been the co-receiver of different awards. As a teacher, he has given conferences and seminars on the application of Forensic Sciences to the documentation of Human Rights violations in several countries, as well as at universities and research centers in England, the United States, Belgium, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. He is also a teacher in the Chair of Legal Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.