Julia G. Barnes


BA Dickinson College 2014: French & Italian Languages & Literatures
MA University of Virginia 2018: Sociocultural Anthropology


Based in the Republic of Slovenia, my research examines a unique peace project: the reconstitution of the individual through applying forensic science and democratic bureaucracy to an undifferentiated mass of human remains. The individual is reconstituted on two levels: first, symbolically, from anonymous victim of Communism to valued citizen of a new democratic republic; and second, physically, as bone fragments and a pulp of human remains are given the dignified interment of any dead body.


Keywords: Nationalism, transitional justice, reconciliationism, violence, post-socialism, post-Communism, Slovenia, Yugoslavia, neo-Nazism, politics of memory, statecraft, memorialization, graves, exhumation.