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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
Foe, facilitator, friend or forsaken?
Bryony Onciul

of source communities’ expertise, knowledge and rights to influence  – even control – the way their heritage is cared for and represented. This has created new opportunities, challenges and expectations, which have enriched and complicated curatorial roles, particularly for ethnographic curators working with Indigenous communities. This chapter explores these issues and the current utopias and dystopias of contemporary curatorship in Canadian and UK contexts. Museology has shifted away from the curator as lone expert and voice of authority,1 towards facilitating

in Curatopia
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The Manchester Natural History Society
Samuel J.M.M. Alberti

an accomplished taxidermist himself, as well as a conchologist.50 Brown had been stationed in Manchester as a militiaman in the 1810s, and after retiring from active service he made a living through scientific writing. He returned to Manchester and became involved in the fledgling Manchester Geological Society, succeeding as secretary Edward Binney (with whom he quarrelled bitterly). Continuing on the trajectory Williamson had started at Peter Street, Brown and his successor Thomas Alcock sought to establish the curators’ role as that of expert naturalist rather

in Nature and culture
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
Multidisciplinary essays for Rosalie David

Combining approaches to ancient Egyptian religious expression, medical practice and the modern scientific study of human and material remains from Egypt and Sudan, this volume celebrates the multidisciplinary career of Prof Rosalie David OBE. The UK’s first female Professor in Egyptology, Rosalie David’s pioneering work at the University of Manchester on Egyptian mummies, magic and medicine has attracted international attention.

This volume presents research by a number of leading experts in their fields: recent archaeological fieldwork, new research on Egyptian human remains and unpublished museum objects along with reassessments of ancient Egyptian texts concerned with healing and the study of technology through experimental archaeology. Papers try to answer some of Egyptology’s biggest questions - How did Tutankhamun die? How were the Pyramids built? How were mummies made? – along with less well-known puzzles.

Rather than address these areas separately, the volume adopts the so-called ‘Manchester method’ instigated by Rosalie David and attempts to integrate perspectives from both traditional Egyptology and scientific analytical techniques. Much of this research has never appeared in print before, particularly that resulting from the Manchester Egyptian Mummy Project, set up in the 1970s. The resulting overview illustrates how Egyptology has developed over the last 40 years, and how many of the same big questions still remain.

This book will be of use to researchers and students of archaeology or related disciplines with an interest in multidisciplinary approaches to understanding life and death in ancient Egypt and Sudan.

Post-connoisseurial dystopia and the profusion of things
Sharon Macdonald
Jennie Morgan

differences between what to us appeared to be similar stoneware bed-warmers, this curator also understands distinctions to arise from each holding the potential to tell many different future stories; stories that might emerge through further research, the possible roles they will play in exhibitions, or through the connections and links that might (even if quite unexpectedly) be made to other objects in the collection, not only by her but also by external experts and visitors. Influenced by critical historical and museological approaches that question traditional

in Curatopia
The politics of co-collecting
Sean Mallon

less authentic than the past. Rev.Lagi Sipeli’s donation of a barely modified paint tin forced us to confront this issue in a most public way in the opening exhibitions of Te Papa. We were barely ready to do so, but how could we say no?24 Our commitment to the concept of mana taonga meant there was a certain obligation for us to say yes to our experts’ donations. To say no would be to question our experts’ cultural authority and their credibility as community representatives. Te Papa’s Pacific Advisory Committees were set up as mechanisms to facilitate mana taonga

in Curatopia
Jes Wienberg

spearheaded by UNESCO to save Venice after the floods in 1966, and the IUCN proposal of a World Heritage Trust in 1968. After a first draft presented at the UN Conference in Stockholm in 1972, experts from UNESCO, ICOMOS, and IUCN prepared the final convention proposal, which could be adopted in Paris that same year. The background to the World Heritage Convention may also be followed back to the Second World War (e.g. Labadi 2013 : 26ff). After the war’s massive destruction and breakdown of the political order, developments restarted with new organisations. The UN and

in Heritopia
The lasting legacy of Sir Grafton Elliot Smith
Jenefer Cockitt

in the Predynastic cemetery at Naga ed Deir in 1901 (Smith 1923: 112). From this point onwards, he was invited to study a wide variety of skeletal and mummified remains, quickly becoming regarded as ‘the’ expert in this area. His involvement extended beyond Egypt and Nubia and into areas with similar collections of human remains, such as the mummies from Torres Strait and skeletal material from the Levant. Elliot Smith was well known for his unorthodox approach to research; he enjoyed debate with both colleagues and students and the results of proposing new or

in Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt
Interactional strategies in late-nineteenth-century Classical archaeology: the case of Adolf Furtwängler
Ulf R. Hansson

) and he was soon recognised as an international expert on a wide spectrum of materials, such as sculpture, bronzes, pottery, vase painting and engraved gems. His typologies and classification systems have tended to survive much better than his ambitious historical syntheses and the conclusions he drew, which often reveal strong cultural, racial and other prejudices. Every piece of information that Furtwängler uncovered in the field, in museums, private collections, auction houses, research libraries as well as in correspondence and conversation with colleagues was

in Communities and knowledge production in archaeology