Most of the chapters in this volume proceed from presentations given at the conference ‘Search and identification of corpses and human remains in post-genocide and mass violence contexts’, convened at the University of Manchester on 9, 10, and 11 September 2013, organized by the international and comparative research programme ‘Corpses of mass violence and genocide’.
Due to the success of the conference and the engaging discussions that followed, the editors want to warmly thank a number of individuals and research institutions for their involvement in preparing the event and the publishing of this volume. They include the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester for accommodating the conference, and its director Jeremy Gregory for giving the opening remarks; Laurence Radford (ERC project ‘Corpses of mass violence and genocide’, the University of Manchester) for dealing with the overall organization of the conference and for his editorial commitment to the publication; Emmanuelle Gravejat (‘Corpses of mass violence and genocide’, EHESS-Paris) and the team at the Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux in Paris; Caroline Fournet (University of Groningen); Jon Shute (University of Manchester); and Sévane Garibian (University of Geneva) for assisting with the event’s preparation.
(p.xvii) We must also thank Luis Fondebrider (Equipo Argentino de Antropologia Forense, Argentina), Francesco Ferrandiz and Luis Rios (CCHS-CSIC, Spain), Isaac L. Baker and Brittany Card (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, USA), Belen Rodriguez Cardoso (Banco Nacional de Datos Geneticos, Argentina), Victor Toom (Northumbria University, UK), Admir Jugo and Senem Skulj (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK), Rachel Hatcher (University of Saskatchewan, Canada), Caroline Bennett (University of Kent, UK), Sabina Subasic (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Ernesto Schwartz-Marin (University of Manchester) for their participation at the conference.
Finally, we are indelibly grateful to the European Research Council for their ongoing support for the research programme ‘Corpses of mass violence and genocide’, which, in turn, brought the conference and resulting publication to fruition.