CFP: Human remains and violence: an interdisciplinary journal

Manchester University Press is pleased to announce the launch of a new biannual publication Human remains and violence: an interdisciplinary journal. The editors are inviting submissions for publication with the first issue commencing Spring 2015.

Human remains and violence draws together the different strands of academic research on the dead body and the production of human remains en masse, whether in the context of mass violence, genocidal occurrences or natural disasters. Inherently interdisciplinary, the journal publishes papers from a range of academic disciplines within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Human remains and violence is the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to explore the social and scientific legacy of mass violence by studying how different societies have coped with the large numbers of dead bodies left behind. By analysing the status, value and uses (political, social, technical or religious) of human remains in post- human induced disasters and natural catastrophe environments, the journal will examine what we can learn about societies from their treatment of, and attitudes towards, human remains.

The journal will publish pioneering research into dead bodies,  whether generated by natural disasters or orchestrated by violent organisations or states (mass violence, war, terrorism, police brutality), and their treatment by the different actors (archaeologists, forensic anthropologists, humanitarians, lawyers, the military and the police). It will draw upon a vast range of case studies to further the understanding of the role of each actor and reflect critically on the current approaches adopted towards human remains within different disciplines.

Call for papers

Human remains and violence will publish academic articles (max. 8000 words), critical commentaries (max. 2000 words) and book reviews (max. 1500 words). Please send your papers for review Potential contributors should consult the journal’s guidelines which can be found on the publisher’s website. The submission deadline for considering articles for the first issue in Spring 2015 is 1 July 2014.

General Editors

Elisabeth Anstett, CNRS (France)
Jean-Marc Dreyfus, University of Manchester (UK)
Caroline Fournet, University of Groningen (Netherlands)


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