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What does Open Access mean to me: Human Remains and Violence

Journal Profile

Online ISSN: 2054-2240

Published biannually

You can read every article from Human Remains and Violence for free online at manchesteropenhive

Top articles (from the last 6 months)

  1. Exposure: the ethics of making, sharing and displaying photographs of human remains
    By: John Harries, Linda Fibiger, Joan Smith, Tal Adler and Anna Szöke
  2. Forensic identification and identity politics in 2004 post-tsunami Thailand: Negotiating dissolving boundaries
    By: Claudia Merli and Trudi Buck
  3. The clandestine cemetery
    Burying the victims of Europe’s border in a Tunisian coastal town
    By: Valentina Zagaria

Open Access Q&A with the editors

What is the aim of the journal?

Human Remains and Violence: An interdisciplinary journal is a biannual, peer-reviewed publication which draws together the different strands of academic research on the dead body and the production of human remains en masse, whether in the context of mass violence, genocidal occurrences or environmental disasters. Inherently interdisciplinary, the journal publishes papers from a range of academic disciplines within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Human Remains and Violence invites contributions from scholars working in a variety of fields and interdisciplinary research is especially welcome.


Please can you introduce yourself and your role in producing this journal?

Dr Elisabeth Anstett, is a social anthropologist, senior tenured researcher at the CNRS (France).

Dr. Jean-Marc Dreyfus is an historian, Reader at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).

Prof. Caroline Fournet – Professor of Comparative Criminal Law and International Justice, University of Groningen (Netherlands).


Why did you choose to make Human Remains and Violence open access, and how does this fit with your aims for the journal?

We created Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal as a follow-up to the ERC-funded research programme ‘Corpses of Genocide and Mass Violence’ – led by Elisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus – to allow for the free circulation of thoughts and ideas on issues related to human remains and mass violence. We intended from the beginning to bring together academics from various disciplines – from anthropology to literary studies


Why is open access important to you and what are its benefits for both readers and contributors?

The overarching objective of the programme was to generate dialogue between academics and practitioners, with various expertise, working in the fields of human remains and mass violence all over the world. We launched the Journal with the aim of pursuing this dialogue through the publication of articles free of all obstacles. Removing all financial constraints and bypassing any form of political or ideological censorship to allow a broad and free access to knowledge is fully in line with the philosophy underpinning the creation of the journal Human Remains and Violence. Its reception and wide readership proves we were right.

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