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November Panel on the Politics of Mass Grave Exhumations and Human Rights

November Panel on the Politics of Mass Grave Exhumations and Human Rights

Wednesday, November 16, 5:00 PM, 1210 Heller Hall

“Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights” 

Panel with FRANCISCO FERRÁNDIZ, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), ANTONIUS ROBBEN, University of Utrecht, and LINDSEY THOMAS, ‎Assistant Medical Examiner for Hennepin County;  moderated by UMN faculty LISA HILBINK, Political Science. 

The panel addressed the political and legal ramifications associated with exhumations of mass graves, and the process of compiling forensic evidence to aid in the investigation of suspicious deaths. The panel references the newly revised "The Minnesota Protocol" on extrajudicial killings, and two recent publications on related topics: Necropolitics, edited by Ferrandiz and Robben, which examines the complex social, political and psychological dimensions surrounding mass graves left by war and acts of terror in a variety of local contexts (Bosnia, Argentina, Spain, Korea, Rwanda among other countries) and Legacies of Violence in Contemporary Spain: Exhuming the Past, Understanding the Present, the recent book edited by L. Hilbink and O. Ferran.

Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program. Made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.