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Keeping ‘the Peace’ in Bosnia and Herzegovina: the missing and politicization of scientific processes
Department of Anthropology
Durham, DH1 3LE
The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina was brought to a standstill through the signing of the internationally brokered Dayton Peace Agreement and has left nearly 100.000 people dead and around 31.5000 people missing across Bosnia and Herzegovina. What is evident that in this highly divided society is that while armed conflict has ended, the war is now fought with different means: language, education, historical narratives, memory politics and counting and recounting victims. International interventions emphasized recovering and identifying the missing as chief among the goals of post-war repair and reconstruction, aiming to unite a heavily divided country. Still local actors keep showing that unity is far from achieved and it is not a goal for all those involved. While the process of identifying the missing has been hugely successful in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is now to be exported and used as a go-to model worldwide, this paper addresses these issues and looks at what can we learn from the failings in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This paper will discuss how the end of armed conflict did not mark the end of the war and how the missing have been politicised and are being used during “the peace” for furthering divisions and for retelling and rewriting historical narratives. The paper will also look what we can learn from these issues recovery and identification of the missing keep facing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and how to overcome them if the model is to be applied world-wide.
Bio: Admir Jugo is a PhD candidate within the Anthropology Department, Durham University, UK. He worked as a Forensic Archaeologist and Anthropologist for the International Commission on Missing Persons on exhuming human remains from mass graves and other exhumation sites in the territory of the Former Yugoslavia, primarily Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with various international organisations and NGOs on issues of transitional justice and violations of human rights. He also was part of several research projects dealing with legacies of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His research focuses on the process of transitional justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina, forensic archaeology and scientific and social aspects of exhumations and mass graves. “.
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