2020: Dr. Elisabeth Anstett a obtenu un financement de l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche pour le projet TRANSFUNERARY
TRANSFUNERARY: toward a comparative approach of collective reburials in Europe and Latin America, 20th/21st centuries. This 3 years research program (2020-2023) focuses on a comparative analysis of collective re-burial and funerary practices currently occurring in Europe and Latin America, in post armed-conflicts and mass violence contexts. It aims at enlightening their transformations, but also the ritual, religious and political arrangements that lie beneath and enable societies to deal with the difficult issue of fragmented or absent bodies. Beside an interrogation of funeral grammar and glossaries adaptability as well as of forensics expertise impact, our main goal is to grasp what is at stake in funerary ritual transformations, and how relationships to the dead (should they be civilians or unlawful combatants) may be reshaped. In these unprecedented mortuary situations, an empirical and acute understanding of material and symbolic funerary procedures to deal with human remains en masse or missing corpses, will lead to a better understanding of sociocultural resilience mechanisms in times of crisis.
2018-2021: University of Oxford TORCH International Partnership Scheme for the BODY COUNTS: War Losses and Casualties project