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The Tomašica mass grave and the trial of Ratko Mladić
Caroline Fournet

This article focuses on the judicial consideration of the scientific analysis of the Tomašica mass grave, in the Prijedor municipality of Republika Srpska in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Often referred to as the largest mass grave in Europe since the Second World War, this grave was fully discovered in September 2013 and the scientific evidence gathered was included in the prosecution of Ratko Mladić before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Based on the exhaustive analysis of all the publicly available trial transcripts, this article presents how the Tomašica evidence proved symptomatic of the way in which forensic sciences and international criminal justice intertwine and of the impact of the former over the latter on the admissibility of evidence, the conduct of proceedings and the qualification of the crimes perpetrated.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
The forensic and political lives of secondary mass graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Admir Jugo and Sari Wastell

also conducted boneto-bone DNA matching in order to resolve a high volume of cases of disarticulation and commingling, as well as to expedite the whole process and make it more efficient.99 However, after the complex process of identification, which can exist in tension with the needs and resource requirements of the forensic evidence sought by prosecutorial institutions, there enters yet another actant into this network of competing agendas. In a country where ethnic, political, and religious identities are fused, the commingled remains of the secondary mass graves

in Human remains and identification
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Victim, witness and evidence of mass violence
Caroline Fournet

Krstić case, the ICTY Trial Chamber made a clear reference to the human body and its treatment by expressly recording the scientific analysis of the evidentiary elements related to the executions carried out in Srebrenica: The extensive forensic evidence presented by the Prosecution strongly corroborates important aspects of the testimony of survivors from the various execution sites. Commencing in 1996, the Office of the Prosecutor (hereafter ‘OTP’) conducted exhumations of 21 gravesites associated with the take-over of Srebrenica…. Of the 21 gravesites exhumed, 14

in Human remains and mass violence
Mass graves in post-war Malaysia
Frances Tay

–69. Forensic investigators appear to attach much significance to the power of human remains to testify to ‘the truth’, ‘give voice to the victims’, or ‘impart their stories from the grave’; see for example: Collins, ‘Giving a voice to the dead’; Haglund et  al., ‘The archaeology of contemporary mass graves’; W. Haglund, ‘Archaeology and forensic death investigations’, Historical Archaeology, 35:1 (2001), 26–34. However, Slavicist Irina Paperno argues eloquently that the body as forensic evidence is not infallible; historian Nanci Adler concurs. Both have written about the

in Human remains and identification
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Melanie Giles

things. Chapter 6 looks death directly in the face, through the forensic evidence of bog body trauma and violence, examining how a variety of different individuals lived, before they met their ‘violent ends’. It will tease out evidence from both surviving skeletal elements and flesh, hair, teeth and nails, pre-mortem injury, disease and diet, to address questions of origin, life history and mobility. Recent discoveries in Ireland and new scientific analysis undertaken particularly in Denmark have challenged our understanding of how and why some individuals ended up

in Bog bodies
Johnnie Gratton

form of an illustrated diary. The diary reveals how Calle not only observed what was on display, but searched in drawers and rummaged through suitcases, frequently removing articles and spreading them on the floor or bed in order  Transgressions and transformation to photograph them as if they constituted some kind of forensic evidence. She delves into diaries, letters, passports and other identity papers, often recording whole pages verbatim for later transcription into her own diary and eventual exhibition and publication. Another group of signs that catches

in Women’s writing in contemporary France
mid-Victorian stories and beliefs
Susan Hoyle

seventeenth century preceded the rise of empirical science and of modern technology. 10 I am suggesting that the decline of such beliefs amongst the scarcely-educated two hundred years later was similar, in that popular belief and interest in the power of forensic science seems to have been ahead of its actual development. The fascination with forensic evidence seems to have been due more to the lure of its associated narrative

in Witchcraft Continued
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Displaying the dead
Melanie Giles

be on display at all (Sanders 2009 : 184). Manchester Museum manufactured this in miniature in the 2008 Lindow Man display, using a small ‘comment card’ board as well as a box for contemporary ‘votive’ offerings. Most galleries use darkness, quietude, peat palettes and rough textures to instill reverence and contemplation in the visitor. We know we are in the presence of the dead. These exhibitions provide detailed forensic evidence that the audience needs to ‘re-personify and re-socialise mummies’ (Nystrom 2019 : 257): recognising that they are not just

in Bog bodies
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A European fin de siècle
Sergei Medvedev

larger goals such as toppling Milosevic’s regime, installing a new and more just order in the Balkans, or sending a strong message to the rest of the world. Later, as forensic evidence of the genocide in Kosovo was recovered, the news was met with horror in Western capitals, but also with a kind of relief, signalling the provision of retrospective moral justification for the bombing. The first war in

in Mapping European security after Kosovo
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History, legend and memory in John Sayles’ Lone Star
Neil Campbell

into a deeper examination of interviews, written documents, archives, family records and forensic evidence, as he pieces together his alternative history. In this, Sayles dramatises a version of what Lipsitz calls ‘counter-memory’: [A] way of remembering and forgetting that starts with the local, the immediate, and the personal. Unlike

in Memory and popular film