February 27, 2014 at 4:10 am

Anthropology: International Intervention in Post-War Srebrenica, April 17

The Anthropology of International Justice Series Spring 2014 presents Dr. Sarah Wagner on “International Intervention in Post-War Srebrenica” on April 17 at 5 p.m. in Scripps 111.

Dr. Sarah Wagner

Dr. Sarah Wagner

Wagner is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University. Her research focuses on war, memory, and justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her book, To Know Where He Lies (2010), looks at the development of DNA technology to identify the remains of 8,000 men and boys killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.”In the aftermath of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, the discovery of unmarked mass graves revealed Europe’s worst atrocity since World War II: the genocide in the UN “safe area” of Srebrenica. To Know Where He Lies provides a powerful account of the innovative genetic technology developed to identify the eight thousand Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) men and boys found in those graves and elsewhere, demonstrating how memory, imagination, and science come together to recover identities lost to genocide. Sarah E. Wagner explores technology’s import across several areas of postwar Bosnian society—for families of the missing, the Srebrenica community, the Bosnian political leadership (including Serb and Muslim), and international aims of social repair—probing the meaning of absence itself.”

Making and Breaking the Law logoHer current project focuses on international justice interventions in post-war Srebrenica. Wagner earned her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 2006.

The event is sponsored by the Ohio University Anthropology Club in collaboration with the War and Peace Studies Program, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the Center for Law, Justice & Culture. This spring lecture series is sponsored by three student organizations, in collaboration with the Anthropology program and the Center for Law, Justice & Culture. The student organizations are the Anthropology Club, STAND Against Genocide, and Students for Law, Justice & Culture. The series is associated with the Making & Breaking the Law theme.

The Anthropology of International Justice series examines how various communities imagine the meanings, possibilities, and complications of international law and human rights in particular cultural contexts, with special attention to the politics of truth, justice, and reconciliation in divided societies. Sign up on Facebook.

All students and faculty are encouraged to participate.

Upcoming Events

OHIO Student Panel: Imagining International Justice on April 3, from 4:30 6:30 p.m. in Baker Center 231. All Interested Students Are Invited to Submit Proposals to by Feb. 28. Sign up to attend the event on Facebook.

Dr. Elizabeth Drexler, Associate Professor and Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Michigan State University, speaks on “Human Rights in East Timor and Indonesia” on April 15,  at 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, Baker Center second floor.

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