This interdisciplinary panel features experts involved in disaster recovery, supporting families who have lost loved ones to mass violence, and identifying the bodies of missing persons in contexts including post-conflict northern Uganda, the United Kingdom, Armenia and Azerbaijan, a forgotten massacre site of striking African American workers in the U.S., and the “killing fields” of the U.S.-Mexico Border. Together, they will explore how their work challenges dominant paradigms of experts’ detachment and objectivity, what constitutes a disaster site, how it should be investigated, how mourners and bodies are treated, and what kinds of healing or “closure” can be hoped for.
Davette Gadison, Forensic Coordinator for the South Caucasus under the Forensic Unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Angela Soler, Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (NYC OCME).
Jaymelee Kim, Associate Professor of Forensic Sciences, University of Findlay, Ohio.
Lucy Easthope, Professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University of Durham and Fellow in Mass Fatalities and Pandemics at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath.