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Dr John Harries

Senior Teaching Fellow, Teaching Fellow

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Professional Qualifications

PhD (Social Anthropology), PhD
Bachelor of Art (Honours with Distinction), BA

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseCanada (especially Newfoundland and Labrador), memory and temporality, the politics of Indgeneity (especially in settler societies), human remains (and their affective presence and emotive materiality), the Boethuk of Newfoundland, the integration of health and social care services in policy and practice

Biography

Over the last few years I have been conducting research concerning the ways in which the people of Newfoundland, Canada, remember the Beothuk, a native people of that island who became extinct (or were exterminated) in the early 19th century. Through this research I have been addressing the question of how we may theorise the presence of the past. This is particularly a concern with the material traces of past lives, be they human bones or scratches on stones, and how these traces are enfolded into the work of individual and collective memory. This work is presently being prepared as a monograph entitled Beothuk Ghosts: Memory, Materiality and the Politics of Postcolonial Regret in Newfoundland. This concern with the material traces of the past and politics of heritage and commemoration has lead me to become a founding member of the bones collective - a network of anthropologists, archaeologists, historians and artists who are concerned with the "emotive materiality" and "affective presence" of human remains. For more information see: http://www.san.ed.ac.uk/research/bones_collective

Research outputs

  1. Disposing of dead images: reflections on contentious heritage as toxic waste

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Disposal: Reflections on Human Remains as Hazardous Material

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  3. Human remains: rights and treatment

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

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Research activities & awards

  1. Dead Images

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  2. What remains?

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  3. Association of Social Anthropologists 2014 Panel 15: Skulls, Faces and Being Human

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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