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Suhad Daher-Nashif

This article aims to shed light on the post-mortem practices for Palestinian dead bodies when there is suspicion of human rights violations by Israeli military forces. By focusing on the case of Omran Abu Hamdieh from Al-Khalil (Hebron), the article explores the interactions between Palestinian social-institutional agents, Israeli military forces and international medico-legal agents. Drawing on ethnographic and archival data, the article explores how the intersectionality between the various controlling powers is inscribed over the Palestinian dead bodies and structures their death rites. The article claims that inviting foreign medico-legal experts in the Palestinian context could reveal the true death story and the human rights violations, but also reaffirms the sovereignty of the Israeli military forces over the Palestinian dead and lived bodies.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
The case of the management of the dead related to COVID-19
Ahmed Al-Dawoody

This article studies one of the humanitarian challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis: the dignified handling of the mortal remains of individuals that have died from COVID-19 in Muslim contexts. It illustrates the discussion with examples from Sunni Muslim-majority states when relevant, such as Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco and Pakistan, and examples from English-speaking non-Muslim majority states such as the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and Australia as well as Sri Lanka. The article finds that the case of the management of dead bodies of people who have died from COVID-19 has shown that the creativity and flexibility enshrined in the Islamic law-making logic and methodology, on the one hand, and the cooperation between Muslim jurists and specialised medical and forensic experts, on the other, have contributed to saving people’s lives and mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Muslim contexts.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Acupuncture and the techno-politics of bodyscape
Wen-Hua Kuo

from Chinese doctors, who learned of Nogier's diagram in the 1950s and developed their own diagram according to TCM theory (Rubach 2001 [1995] ). Some mistranslations read harmless. As TCM expert Deshen Wang pointed out ( 1987 ), early Westerners used the Wades-Giles Romanization system and ignored the fact that some characters have several readings (such as the character ‘俞’,which should be read as ‘shu’ instead of ‘yu’ when used in acupuncture points). Some people misrecognized Chinese characters and, as a result, their romanization was

in Global health and the new world order
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The politics of exhumation in post-genocide Rwanda
Rémi Korman

memorials. The task of exhuming bodies and preserving bones fell to the National Museum of Rwanda, along with the various prefectures and communes (municipalities). These initial actions took place in what was an extremely difficult political and economic context across the country. Under-resourced, they were consequently carried out by actors who did not often have the necessary expertise. The role of Mario Ibarra, a Chilean who spent two years working in Rwanda as a ‘skeletal remains expert’ with the Commission Mémorial and the National Museum, is particularly

in Human remains and identification
Tracing sources of recent neo-conservatism in Poland
Agnieszka Kościańska

explained to the faithful that gender was like Stalinism and Nazism, or even worse. He portrayed ‘gender ideology’ and ‘homosexual propaganda’ as the creations of Satan (see, for instance, Cichobłazińska 2013 ). Others took it more personally. During my fieldwork among Polish sex experts, a therapist told me about his patient, a Catholic priest, who came to see him because he was in love with another priest, but suffered from erectile dysfunction. The priest did not have a problem with breaking the rule of celibacy and with engaging in homosexual acts, condemned by the

in Intimacy and mobility in an era of hardening borders
The role of pronatalism in the development of Czech childcare and reproductive health policies
Hana Hašková and Radka Dudová

Introduction Human reproduction has been discussed by experts and policymakers in Czechoslovakia since its foundation as an independent state in 1918. Despite the continuity of policy and expert discourse (Rákosník and Šustrová 2016 ), the period following 1948, when the Communist Party became the leading party, differed from the previous era. After the Second World War and the expulsion of ethnic Germans from Czechoslovakia in 1945 and 1946, Czechoslovakia's total population decreased by more than three million. In this

in Intimacy and mobility in an era of hardening borders
Liene Ozoliņa

. Rather, my interest here is to highlight the macro-temporality at play. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe was seen as ‘backward in time’ (Dunn 2004: 4). Its development was seen as delayed by the 50-year detour into socialism, and it needed to get ‘back on the road to a capitalism identical to that found in the West’ (Dunn 2004). Given this imperative to catch up, the shock therapy of the 1990s was all about speed (Buck-Morss 2000: 266). When Jeffrey Sachs and other experts were advising Poland and Russia, they were insisting on a rush while also

in Politics of waiting
The forensic and political lives of secondary mass graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Admir Jugo and Sari Wastell

proffered by The Final Report of the United Nations Commission of Experts to the Former Yugoslavia, where a mass grave is defined as two or more individuals sharing the same permanent internment, the physical characteristics of which prevent movement of the bodies by natural elements within the grave, returning to a concern for numbers and forensics, but to the exclusion of social concerns like those intimated in Skinner’s definition.8 Whether this definition foreshadowed or even prefigured the legal and political agendas that would surround the exhumation of mass graves

in Human remains and identification
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How grave robbers, activists, and foreigners ended official silence about Stalin’s mass graves near Kiev
Karel C. Berkhoff

then they’d dig them up again.’32 On 13 April 1971, militiamen arrested three boys who had removed gold teeth and crowns from skulls that they dug up. It turned out that in total, sixteen boys from Darnytsia had removed over a hundred skulls from at least nineteen pits. By then, the gravesite already had over a hundred such holes. Two days later, for the first time since the 1930s, the organization that had perpetrated the crime, now renamed the KGB, began digging, with the assistance of a forensic expert and a local public prosecutor. They all worked under the false

in Human remains and identification
Expertise, flexibility and lifelong learning
Ian Lowrie

had laughingly called an ‘American-Style café, you know, with hamburgers and doughnuts for breakfast.’ ‘Really though, it is learning, like, all the time. I am only a graduate student, so even when I am teaching, I am still learning. Learning to teach. I could say that I am also learning how be not just an average guy, but to be a real data scientist [laughs].’ During my fieldwork with Moscow Data scientists, I was told that learning to be a ‘real data scientist’ meant becoming an expert in a range of programming languages, software environments, mathematical

in Ethnography for a data-saturated world