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(Un)Doing the Colombian Armed Conflict

Forensic Knowledge, Contradicting Bodies, Unsettling Stories

María Fernanda Olarte-Sierra

forensic investigations to explain the impact of violent paramilitary actions seconded by state and government complicity. Acknowledgements I want to thank Adriana Díaz del Castillo for her constant support in this project and her thoughtful

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Anthropologies of Forensic Expertise in the Aftermath of Mass Violence

Zahira Aragüete-Toribio

2019 ), this special issue focuses on the particularities that mass crimes inquiries and, concretely, forensic investigations, acquire in different settings. Its contributors examine the epistemic complexity that surrounds the production of knowledge in

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Sight and Touch between East and West

Ethics, Ethnography and Social Theory

Liene Ozolina

a rationalist bias in Western social theory ( Seidler 1994 ). In social research, we often treat human life as a matter of forensic investigation, a whodunnit ( Hage 2018 ). A typical social theoretical move is to expose and to unmask ( Baehr 2019

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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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Andrew Lattas, Anni Kajanus, and Naomi Haynes

, subsequent forensic investigations painted a picture that was much more sinister. Rather than suicide, there was evidence to suggest that many of those who perished in the blaze had been murdered, a view that was further supported by the discovery of several

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The Aesthetics and Publics of Testimony

Participation and Agency in Architectural Memorializations of the 1993 Solingen Arson Attack

Eray Çaylı

the aggrieved Genç family wanted, said Kaimer, as they demanded a new one built in its stead (ibid.; SOS-Rassismus 2001: 20). Meanwhile, sceptics speculated that the carcass had been deliberately weakened by the firefighters and the forensic

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Managing Mass Graves in Rwanda and Burundi

Vernaculars of the Right to Truth

Astrid Jamar and Laura Major

rights forensics investigations, focusing on the exhumation of mass graves, developed in parallel with the emergence of the ‘right to truth’ as a legal principle. These investigations were spearheaded by the work of a team of multidisciplinary forensic