Race, Cultural identity and human rights in South African Forensic Anthropology

Mar 27, 2013
4:30 PM
Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51

Alan G. Morris, Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Fulbright Scholar, Department of Anthropology: Ohio State University September 2012 to May 2013

This seminar will look at three aspects of interplay between culture and forensic science that are specific to South Africa. The first is a look at how race, ethnicity and community are used in the identification of individuals. This includes culture specific dental extraction patterns and the presence of ritual `mutiż murder in the South Africa criminal scene. The second is how forensic anthropological techniques are helping us to deal with heritage issues when it comes to skeletal remains from the historic and prehistoric periods. And the third is the rise of human rights as part of forensic anthropology linked to the work of the Missing Persons Task Team and the search for the victims of apartheid.
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