While techniques relying on Geographic Information Science (GIScience) have been applied to a number of fields over recent decades, there are still many fields wherein experimental work on applied spatial modeling is just now opening up opportunities for advancing scientific knowledge. For the last six years, I have had the honor of working with some ground-breaking, forensic anthropologists to advance scientific knowledge surrounding humanitarian aid issues. Specifically, we examine how to use GIScience and spatial statistics to model wartime killer behaviors. Accurate, precise models of these behaviors may help identify lost burial sites and eventually allow families to recover the remains of loved ones – the missing civilians and soldiers. This work has involved research on acts of violence committed in political emergencies in many complex scenarios such as the former Yugoslavia and in enduring conflicts like Nagorno-Karabakh. I have had the chance to personally work with some amazing collaborators in this field, including Dr. Derek Congram, Hugh Tuller, Matt Vennemeyer, Michael Kenyhercz, and several current and former staff at the ICRC (financially supported this work). In fact, many of authors in this edited collection have inspired and informed our research.
The below article represents a small sample of lessons learned from these collaborations and our experimental work. This article is an accepted manuscript for the Forensic Science International special issue on “Humanitarian Forensic Action”. Accepted manuscripts are under a 12-month embargo for many academic sharing sites, but can be immediately shared on author’s personal website. Links will be updated (DOI, journal publication link, etc.) as available. Additional licensing details for accepted manuscripts to FSI can be found here. © 2017, this manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.
Please forward this call for papers for “Researching Conflict” a special section of ACME or issue of another major geographical journal to interested scholars.
***Call For Papers Researching Conflict***
Research on geographies of conflict is inherently messy and difficult, muddled with power relations, riddled with foggy recollections, and often enabled with the help of “fixers” with a stake in the conflict. Recognizing this, we invite papers that explore what it means to ‘do research in violent settings’ in a variety of geographic contexts. We especially welcome papers which recognize the inability of the researcher to be objectively separate from the conflict, and consider instead how research as well as the researcher are implicated and embedded in the violent conditions being studied. While this special issue builds on existing methodological texts of fieldwork in conflict zones, it contributes to wider geographic debates from post-colonial, feminist, and political ecology perspectives. Perspectives that emphasize the explicitly normative and unequal positions of researchers in the field in relation to their subjects and settings of investigation. Specifically, we hope that the special issue will provide guidance on research in violent spaces beyond what traditional methodological texts provide and critically interrogate violence as done to and done through the research process itself.
This special issue seeks to present the experiences of scholars working from a range of different fields and spanning experiences across the globe. We are interested in balancing contributions from established as well as emerging scholars. In addition to traditionally structured research manuscripts, this special issue will include interventions and creative works. We encourage interested scholars to consider a wide playing field for these creative submissions. We especially welcome pieces which extend beyond the boundaries of traditional printed page such as interactive works of art, technology, video, and sound.
If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please submit an abstract of no more than 450 words by 31 August 2016. In addition, we encourage authors to include a few keywords that capture the central themes of the intended paper. An example (not
intended to be used as parameters or limits to possible entries) of keywords is provided in the attached word cloud. Abstract submissions should be made via e-mail to email@example.com. Please include in the subject line “Researching Conflict”. Accepted authors will be notified by mid-September 2016 and provided a detailed timeline for submission and publication as well as other potential opportunities connected to the special issue.
Editors: Ann Laudati (UC Berkeley), Stephen Aldrich (Indiana University), and Arthur Gill Green (University of British Columbia).
More details can be found here:
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