Beach Encounters

Tuesday, 13 October 2020, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Online
As I started to follow the traces of bodies that in recent years went missing in the Mediterranean, I had to move away from Europe, its soil, politics and ways of knowing the dead. This movement was neither firm nor fast. There were twists, switching of courses, fast-forwards as well as occasional meanderings. Eventually I arrived at the beaches of Zarzis, a town in the south of Tunisia. And there was Mohsen.
Following traces, bodies that wash ashore, but also the trails of worn out shoes and slippers, clothing and life vests, rubber and wood, our paths crossed. Right there.

My talk tells a story about this encounter, a story about forensics as an art of paying attention. It offers some of the ingredients of the book that Mohsen Lihidheb and I are currently working on in the context of the Emma Goldman Award.

Amade M’charek is Professor of Anthropology of Science at the Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam. She is the PI of the RaceFaceID project, an ERC-consolidator project on forensic identification and the making of face and race. She has a longstanding research interest in genetic diversity, population genetics and forensic DNA practices and in the ir/relevance of race in such practice. More recently her research includes the forensic identification of drowned migrants. Currently she is a Emma Goldman Visiting Fellow at the IWM.

Comments by Mieke Verloo, IWM Non-Resident Permanent Fellow

Moderated by Shalini Randeria, IWM Rector

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