The intellectual influence of non-medical research on policy and practice in the Colonial Medical Service in Tanganyika and Uganda
town, and Ganda politics were
increasingly dominated by populist, anti-colonial agitators who
undermined the collaboration which had brought Buganda and the British
wealth and regional domination. 44 Yet this period, which brought such
administrative disillusionment, witnessed a flowering of medical and
socialscience research. The war years had interrupted the normal leave
pattern of the Ugandan
Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a biannual,
peer-reviewed publication which draws together the different strands of academic
research on the dead body and the production of human remains en masse, whether
in the context of mass violence, genocidal occurrences or environmental
disasters. Inherently interdisciplinary, the journal publishes papers from a
range of academic disciplines within the humanities, social sciences and natural
sciences. Human Remains and Violence invites contributions from scholars working
in a variety of fields and interdisciplinary research is especially welcome.
The display of human remains is a controversial issue in many contemporary societies, with many museums globally removing them from display. However, their place in genocide memorials is also contested. Objections towards the display of remains are based strongly in the social sciences and humanities, predicated on assumptions made regarding the relationship between respect, identification and personhood. As remains are displayed scientifically and anonymously, it is often argued that the personhood of the remains is denied, thereby rendering the person ‘within’ the remains invisible. In this article I argue that the link between identification and personhood is, in some contexts, tenuous at best. Further, in the context of Cambodia, I suggest that such analyses ignore the ways that local communities and Cambodians choose to interact with human remains in their memorials. In such contexts, the display of the remains is central to restoring their personhood and dignity.
, germane to the issues surrounding situations of extreme violence, which recounts a research discussion entitled ‘Biafra, Humanitarian Intervention and History’ held in January 2020 in Manchester by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute.
The aim of the Paris conference was to present the investigative approaches used by socialscience researchers, humanitarian practitioners, human rights activists and journalists. This issue of the JHA shows that while these groups have different objectives and field practices, there are connections (and in some cases
DRC, a bande dessinée on social mobilisation in
North Kivu 3 and a
non-fiction book on eastern Congolese fighters 4 ;
my contemporaneous work as a ‘media’ journalist for the
Arrêt sur images website 5 for which I inventoried and examined the
practices of journalists who had worked in the DRC 6 ;
Frédéric Le Marcis, Luisa Enria, Sharon Abramowitz, Almudena-Mari Saez, and Sylvain Landry B. Faye
socialsciences ( Bayart, 1989 ; Meillassoux, 1975 ). Cadets
sociaux are the opposite of elders or ‘doyens’
(individuals in a position of power because of their rank, regardless of their age).
The word ‘sociaux’ implies that they are young and therefore without
power, but not necessarily because of their age. Their status (and lack of
authority) is defined by their structural location in society: they may be youths,
or old but second-born, or women or foreigners with
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for their helpful comments there.
All remaining errors are my own. The study was funded with grants from the Economic
and Social Research Council (No. ES/N015754/1, for ‘Medical neutrality in context’)
and from the Isaac Newton Trust. Ethical approval was obtained from the Departmental
Research Committee of the Department of Politics and International Studies and the
Humanities and SocialSciences Research Ethics Committee (HSS REC) at the University