Panel on Missing persons and unidentified bodies

This panel at the EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists) annual conference in July 2016 addressed the issue of missing persons and unidentified bodies in various empirical contexts. Claiming that death is rather a process than a moment, papers addressed the question how such confrontations with ‚unusual‘ deaths are symbolically, socially, and politically negotiated.

Artist Workshop on DNA Identification in Berlin

Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to the developing technology of forensic DNA phenotyping and the potential for a culture of biological surveillance. She will be in Berlin for an artist workshop on 18–19 August […]

Anonymity takes a massive blow

The public release of the „Panama Papers“ this week by Süddeutsche Zeitung and others uncovers many names of people who tried to stay anonymous by founding offshore companies to manage part of their incomes. Despite the apparent legality of most of the procedures, one may ask why these people put so much effort into a […]

Known and anonymous victims in Iran

One of the artists participating in the „Reconfiguring Anonymity“ project, Parastou Forouhar, recently spent two months in Iran where she grew up and where her parents, the oppositional politicians Daryoush Forouhar und Parvaneh Eskandari, were killed by secret police officers in 1998. In her report (in English, and here: in German/auf Deutsch), Parastou Forouhar describes her […]