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Silent Stock

On Clandestine Mass Graves and their Legacies

Élisabeth Anstett

uncovering victims’ remains. Each of the exhumation cases documented and studied in this special issue coordinated by Zahira Aragüete-Toribio has in this regard brought an end to significant periods of concealment or denial. Each of these cases shows how

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Situating the Investigation on Clandestine Graves in Mexico

Between the Forensic and Affective Turns

Carolina Robledo Silvestre and Paola Alejandra Ramírez González

the group, or straight to the families. Las Buscadoras perform the search for and exhumation of bodies in contexts breached by criminality, fear and impunity. In this sense, being natives to the region helps them recognise and understand the

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Managing Mass Graves in Rwanda and Burundi

Vernaculars of the Right to Truth

Astrid Jamar and Laura Major

In Rwanda and Burundi, governments are exhuming mass graves with the promise that efforts will reveal and protect particular truths about the contested histories of past conflicts and genocides. In this article, we reassess the links between these

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Anthropologies of Forensic Expertise in the Aftermath of Mass Violence

Zahira Aragüete-Toribio

campaigns. Locating, exhuming and identifying the corpses produced by mass violence have been part of post-conflict state-led efforts to deal with the gravest violations of human rights as well as independent endeavours implemented out of a will to

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(Un)Doing the Colombian Armed Conflict

Forensic Knowledge, Contradicting Bodies, Unsettling Stories

María Fernanda Olarte-Sierra

Attorney General's Office, faced with the task of exhuming and identifying the bodies of AUC's victims, were placed centre-stage as a source of scientific evidence, testimony and authority. I address the relationships between truth, memory, justice and

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Unearthing Unknowns

The Forensic Practice and Memory Politics of Korean War Disinterments

Sarah Wagner

, D.C. In 2012, analysts from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) re-examined the case records and determined that advances in technology could likely aid in the identification of the unknown remains as Gzik. Once the remains were exhumed

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Technologies of the Afterlife

The Agency of the Dead at Spanish Mass Grave Exhumations

Jonah S. Rubin

In August 2011, I attended the exhumation of Severiano Clemente González, conducted by the Forum for Memory in the Castilian town of La Toba, Guadalajara. Mr González was one of the over 130,000 civilian victims of the 1936–1939 Spanish Civil War and ensuing Franco dictatorship (1939–1975). Even after Spain’s democratic constitution in 1978, most families could not recover their loved ones, owing to an unofficial ‘Pact of Silence’ whereby major political actors agreed not to legislate, litigate or discuss the still controversial past in the public sphere (Encarnación 2014). Since 2000, however, civil society organisations such as the Forum for Memory and the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARMH) have been leading a series of forensic exhumations – modelled after similar state-led interventions in Latin America, Southern and Eastern Europe (Ferrándiz 2010; Rubin 2014).

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Fanny Silviu-Dan and Keith Woodhouse

Of Love and Hope By Fanny Silviu-Dan Through closing gates I see the doors crashing over the last breath of a fainting actor ending the scene in the twilight of an empty market with exhumed eggplants and decapitated

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Lukas Ley and Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov

Expertise in Mass Grave Exhumations’ that opens this issue critically addresses forensic approaches to investigating mass graves. While forensic investigations have become the norm around the world, the ethnographic analyses of cases collected in this

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Between Dreams and Traces

Memory, Temporality, and the Production of Sainthood in Lesbos

Séverine Rey

building, the workers found pieces of marble carved with crosses and a grave containing a human skeleton, its jawbone replaced by a brick engraved with a crucifix. The exhumation of these unidentified remains amazed the local people, who wondered who the