In this essay for “Where Heritage Meets Violence,” Annalisa Bolin examines the physical and structural violence that has enabled the collection of human remains for colonial museums. Via cases from German East Africa and elsewhere, the essay traces how colonial conceptions of race intersected with anthropological research, targeting "appropriate" bodies with physically violent collecting practices. Today, attempts to repatriate human remains, even if they are halting, partial, and complicated, make an effort to counter these violent legacies.
In this introduction to the "Where Heritage Meets Violence" series, Annalisa Bolin encapsulates contemporary discussions and recent research on the connection between cultural heritage and violence—physical, symbolic, and structural. She argues that by acknowledging and engaging with these dynamics “we can negotiate what our societies become.”
Research in Insecure Times and Places: Ethics of Social Research for Emerging Ecologies of Insecurityby Tatiana Carayannis and Annalisa Bolin
As part of the “Covid-19 and the Social Sciences” essay series, this theme on “Social Research and Insecurity” brings together scholars from across the social sciences to examine our longstanding research practices and develop new ones in response to the insecurity that Covid-19 has created. In this introductory essay, Tatiana Carayannis and Annalisa Bolin outline the new valences of research in the pandemic era, from security challenges for both researchers and researched to new methodologies for gathering data remotely and the need to reflect on the changing roles of institutions. Throughout this theme, researchers with experience working in contexts of insecurity provide a roadmap for both the pitfalls of and possible solutions for navigating research in the age of the coronavirus.