Disturbing Bodies: The Politics and Practice of Forensic Exhumation

Advanced Seminar co-chairs Zoë Crossland, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University; and Rosemary Joyce, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

What values and beliefs underlie the burgeoning practice of forensic exhumation—re-excavating human remains to address questions of justice? This seminar brings together anthropologists who work on issues around the dead body. We explore the tensions that arise in the practice of forensic archaeological research—the philosophy and politics, social context, and ethics of exhumation for judicial and humanitarian purposes—and ask what happens when forensic anthropologists encounter beliefs or claims that are at variance with exhumation.

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