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Caroline Bennett New Guest Researcher at NIAS

Caroline writes:

Currently a lecturer in cultural anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, I am currently on research leave at NIAS until June.  While I'm here I'll be working on the preparation of my book manuscript - an anthropological examination of mass graves from the Khmer Rouge regime in contemporary Cambodia - as well as working on pulling together the final strands of a volume on new ethnographic research challenges in Asia that I am co-editing with Nayantara Sheoran Appleton, a colleague in New Zealand.

As a social and forensic anthropologist, my research focusses on politics and violence, with specific attention to genocide, human rights abuses, and the politics of death and the dead. I consider relations to human remains after mass death and disaster, with a particular focus right now on exploring the use of political violence and mass death in projects of nation and state building in contemporary Cambodia. My research intersects the practical and theoretical approaches to mass grave investigation and the recovery and identification of human remains. I hold a BSc in Anthropology (University College London), MSc in Forensic Anthropology (Bradford University), MA in Visual Anthropology (University of Kent), and a PhD in Social Anthropology (University of Kent).