cfp: The Anthropology of Whistleblowing

Is Edward Snowden a traitor? Or a hero? Is his disloyality to a sovereign power to be seen as anti-totalitarian resistance? Or does whistleblowing risk a dangerous system implosion? Do we actually want the system to implode? Those are critical, political questions that have arisen with the cases of Snowden and Assange, but that are […]

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 […]