Claudia Merli and Trudi Buck

This article considers the contexts and processes of forensic identification in 2004 post-tsunami Thailand as examples of identity politics. The presence of international forensic teams as carriers of diverse technical expertise overlapped with bureaucratic procedures put in place by the Thai government. The negotiation of unified forensic protocols and the production of estimates of identified nationals straddle biopolitics and thanatocracy. The immense identification task testified on the one hand to an effort to bring individual bodies back to mourning families and national soils, and on the other hand to determining collective ethnic and national bodies, making sense out of an inexorable and disordered dissolution of corporeal as well as political boundaries. Individual and national identities were the subject of competing efforts to bring order to,the chaos, reaffirming the cogency of the body politic by mapping national boundaries abroad. The overwhelming forensic effort required by the exceptional circumstances also brought forward the socio-economic and ethnic disparities of the victims, whose post-mortem treatment and identification traced an indelible divide between us and them.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Mel Bunce

/the-agency.html (September 4, 2018) . Cook , J. , Lewandowsky , S. and Ecker , U. ( 2017 ), ‘ Neutralizing Misinformation through Inoculation: Exposing Misleading Argumentation Techniques Reduces Their Influence ’, PLoS ONE , 12 : 5 , 1 – 21 . Cooper , G. ( 2007 ), ‘ Anyone Here Survived a Wave, Speak English and Got a Mobile? Aid Agencies, the Media and Reporting Disasters since the Tsunami ’, 14th Guardian Lecture, Nuffield College, University of Oxford . Cottle , S. and Cooper , G. (eds) ( 2015

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Digital Bodies, Data and Gifts
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

. et al. ( 2010 ), ‘ The Gift of Disaster: The Commodification of Good Intentions in Post-tsunami Sri Lanka’ , Disasters , 34 , 60 – 77 . Kristensen , D. B. and Ruckenstein , M. ( 2018 ), ‘ Co-evolving with Self-tracking Technologies’ , New Media & Society , 20 : 10 , 3624

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Mia-Marie Hammarlin

occasioned an unusually long-lasting and far-reaching media scandal in Sweden. The rumour about Under-Secretary of State Ingmar Ohlsson In connection with the earthquake in the Indian Ocean and the subsequent tsunami disaster on 26 December 2004, when around 250,000 people, including 543 Swedes, lost their lives, the work performed by the Swedish Prime Minister’s Office was exposed to heavy criticism in the media. An opinion shared by many people was that the authorities had reacted too slowly and unprofessionally, and had lacked a sustainable disaster plan just when it

in Exposed
Challenges and technological solutions to the ­identification of individuals in mass grave scenarios in the modern context
Gillian Fowler and Tim Thompson

necessary to corroborate the identification. Bone and teeth are the more reliable sources for DNA and provide higher success rates,42 but the extraction methods are more complicated and time-consuming than for soft tissues.43 Nevertheless, there are very real problems associated with contamination in commingling contexts. Usually, this is of greatest concern when sampling the soft tissues; however, following the tsunami in Southeast Asia it was noted that samples taken from bone tissue also exhibited contamination.44 The source of the contamination is uncertain

in Human remains and identification
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Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus

which there exists not only situations of intentional mass killing, but also countless recent experiences of disasters, whether natural or industrial, from Hurricane Katrina and the 2011 tsunami in Japan to the Savar buil­ding collapse in Bangladesh in 2013, the recent Ebola epidemic or multiple air crashes such as the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine or the Germanwings Barcelona–​Düsseldorf crash in the French Alps, which serve to remind us of the reality and deep si­gnificance of this issue. Notes 1 Translated from the authors’ French by Jon Hensher. 2 J

in Human remains in society
A conceptual framework for considering mapping projects as they change over time
Cate Turk

, tsunamis and bushfires, are heightened events where time is said to be ‘of the essence’ in coordinating a response to save lives and property. Here I examine how dynamic maps, digital spatial media, are being used to respond to such crises. I use my approach to the analysis of interactive ‘crisis mapping’ projects as a means to explore and review how using the concepts of ‘bubbles’ and ‘foams’ can help us to make sense of these mapping projects over time. The mapping of crises is an apt case study because we see how maps seek to account for shifting landscapes Maps

in Time for mapping
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An endangered legacy
Matteo Dian

the United States and China, and to achieve a higher degree of autonomy from Washington, appeared to be a threat to the stability of the US-led regional security architecture. The crisis generated by the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 and resultant incident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, as well as increasing Chinese assertiveness over the maritime and territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas, contributed to what the United States considered a return to normality in its relations with Japan, with a strong emphasis on the centrality of

in The United States in the Indo-Pacific
The forensic and political lives of secondary mass graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Admir Jugo and Sari Wastell

code, as was the case with the victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami.18 It is important to highlight these differences in the social contexts of criminal and non-criminal mass graves. Non-criminal mass graves are places where remains are buried for temporary, but sometimes even permanent storage. These are remains of people that died as a result of natural disasters, but because of the high number of bodies involved and the sanitary conditions on the scene, they were buried in mass graves, most often after the documentation and attachment of an identifying code. If

in Human remains and identification
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Security/ Mobility and politics of movement
Marie Beauchamps, Marijn Hoijtink, Matthias Leese, Bruno Magalhães and Sharon Weinblum

networked global terrorism, from emergency management in the onslaught of tsunamis and hurricanes to oil wars in the Middle East’ (Hannam et al. 2006 : 1), a diverse range of concrete and abstract things have become highly global and mobile. While such movement is often considered part and parcel of modernity, it also brings about increased complexity that becomes enmeshed with conceptualisations of threat – ‘it is discourses

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