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Destruction and human remainsDisposal and concealment in genocide and mass violence$

Anstett Élisabeth and Dreyfus Jean-Marc

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096020

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096020.001.0001

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(p.vii) Contributors

(p.vii) Contributors

Destruction and human remains
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  • Élisabeth Anstett has been a social anthropologist and tenured research scholar at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris since October 2009, and is a member of IRIS (Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Social issues). Her area of expertise covers Europe and the post-socialist world, on which she has published extensively. Her recent works focus on the way post-Soviet societies are dealing with the traces left by the Soviet concentration camp system, among which are mass graves, and more broadly on the legacies of mass violence in Eastern Europe, especially in Russia and Belarus. She has published, among other works, Une Atlantide russe: anthropologie de la mémoire en Russie postsoviétique (Paris: La Découverte, 2007) and co-edited with Luba Jurgenson Le Goulag en héritage, pour une anthropologie de la trace (Paris: Pétra, 2009).

  • Max Bergholz is the James M. Stanford Professor in Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Trained as a historian, he is an expert on the Balkans and Eastern Europe, with a special focus on the history of the countries of the former Yugoslavia. His research interests include the micro dynamics of communal peace and discord, mass violence, and post-conflict remembrance. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia, where he researched in central and provincial archives and conducted oral history (p.viii) interviews in small towns and villages. His research has been funded by grants and fellowships from Fulbright, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), among others. He is currently working on a book entitled None of Us Dared Say Anything: Mass Killing in a Bosnian Community During World War II and the Postwar Culture of Silence. Based in Concordia University's Department of History, he is the Associate Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

  • Jean-Marc Dreyfus is Reader in Holocaust Studies within the Department of History at the University of Manchester. His research interests include: Holocaust studies; genocide studies and the anthropology of genocide; the history of the Jews in Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially in France; the economic history of France and Germany; Holocaust memory and the politics of memory; the modern history of Alsace; and the rebuilding of post-war societies. He is the author of four monographs, including Pillages sur ordonnances: La confiscation des banques juives en France et leur restitution, 1940–1953 (Paris: Fayard, 2003), with Sarah Gensburger, Nazi Labor Camps in Paris (New York: Berghahn Books, 2012) and Il m'appelait Pikolo: un compagnon de Primo Levi raconte (He Called Me Pikolo: A Companion of Primo Levi Tells His Story) (Paris: Robert Laffont, 2007). He is the co-editor of the Dictionnaire de la Shoah (Dictionary of the Holocaust) (Paris: Larousse, 2009).

  • Raymond H. Kévorkian is a director of research emeritus at the University of Paris 8-Saint-Denis. Of Armenian origin, he has written extensively on both the medieval and the modern history of Armenia, and is the author of eighteen books. He is a foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and a board member of the International Association of Armenian Studies. He is also the curator emeritus of the Nubarian Library in Paris. Raymond Kévorkian is one of the leading specialists on the Armenian genocide and his book on the subject has been published both in French and in English: Le Génocide des Arméniens (Paris: Odile Jacob, 2006); The Armenian Genocide: A Complete History (London: I. B. Tauris, 2011). He has also published Les Yeux brûlants –mémoire des Arméniens, with Antoine Agoudjian (Arles: Actes Sud, 2006).

  • (p.ix) Rémi Korman is a doctoral candidate in history at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. His PhD focuses on the politics of memory of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda and more particularly on memorial processes. Through working on his PhD he has also developed a strong interest in preserving the archives of the genocide, and accordingly has recently established the website www.rwanda.hypotheses.org. He is currently working for the ‘Reseau Memorha’ in Lyon, an organization focused on museums and memory issues, and has recently published ‘La politique de mémoire du génocide des Tutsi au Rwanda: enjeux et évolutions’ in Droit et Cultures: Revue Internationale Interdisciplinaire (2014).

  • Elissa Mailänder is Associate Professor in Contemporary History at the Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris. She gained her PhD at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and the University of Erfurt in 2007. Her research and teaching interests are in the history and theory of violence, gender, and sexuality, material culture, and the history and theory of the everyday. An English edition of her book Gewalt im Dienstalltag: Die SS-Aufseherinnen des Konzentrations-und Vernichtungslagers Majdanek 1942–1944 (Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2009) is forthcoming (Workday Violence: Female Guards at Lublin-Majdanek, 1942–1944). She has published several articles on the history of Nazi perpetrators and the structures, mechanisms, and dynamics of violence in German concentration and extermination camps.

  • Chowra Makaremi is a social anthropologist and tenured research scholar at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. She has been a visiting scholar in Princeton, McGill, and Columbia Universities and has completed ethnographic fieldwork and published on issues of migration, asylum, racism, and youth delinquency. Since 2010 she has worked on memories of violence and the post-revolution era in Iran, publishing Le Cahier d'Aziz: au coeur de la révolution iranienne (Paris: Gallimard) in 2011.

  • Michael McConnell is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee. His work focuses on examining how the merger of German counter-insurgency practices developed in Nazi-occupied Europe with domestic policing encouraged violence inside-Germany at the end of the Second World War. The project was featured in an article published in the spring 2012 issue of the journal Central European History, and his research has been (p.x) generously supported by the German Academic Exchange Service, the University of Tennessee, the Central European History Society, and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial.

  • Esteban Pontoriero is a doctoral researcher at the National University of General San Martín in Argentina. Recent publications include ‘Pensar la “guerra revolucionaria”: doctrina antisubversiva francesa y legislación de defensa en la Argentina (1958–1962)’, Cuadernos de Marte, 3 (July 2012).

  • Mario Ranalletti is a Lecturer at the Institute of Historical Studies of the National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Head of the University's Programme of Studies on the History of the Present. He is currently working on the functioning and internal organization of clandestine detention centres under the last Argentine dictatorship (1976–83), using judicial sources. He also has an interest in the cinematographic writing of Argentina's recent past. His publications include La escritura fílmica de la historia: problemas, recursos, perspectives (Buenos Aires: Editorial Eduntref, 2013); ‘Filmic writing of history in Argentine cinema (1983–1990)’, in Robert A. Rosenstone & Constantin Parvulescu (eds), A Companion to the Historical Film (Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2013); ‘Denial of the reality of state terrorism in Argentina as narrative of the recent past: a new case of “negationism”?’, Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, 5:2 (2010); and ‘Aux origines du terrorisme d'État en Argentine (1955–1976)’, Vingtième Siècle: Revue d'Histoire, 105 (2010).

  • Nicky Rousseau teaches history at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a former researcher for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and was part of the team that wrote the TRC's seven-volume report. Subsequently she worked as a research consultant to South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority on post-TRC investigations, prosecutions, and missing persons. She has published a number of articles on the TRC, and more recently has returned to her TRC research with a view to rethinking questions of the national security state and counter-revolutionary warfare. Her current research interests include truth commissions, violence, histories of liberation, and human remains.

  • (p.xi) Robert Jan van Pelt is University Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. He is an expert on the construction-history of Auschwitz in general and the crematoria-in particular. He testified in the trial Irving v. Lipstadt in London. His books include: an edition of David Koker's concentration camp diary, published as At the Edge of the Abyss (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2012); The Case for Auschwitz (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002); and three books written with Debórah Dwork, Flight from the Reich, Holocaust and Auschwitz, all published by W. W. Norton (New York: 2009, 2002, 1996).