On July 11, HIIK had the honor to welcome Thomas Tari from SciencesPo Paris at the Bergheim Campus in Heidelberg. In his presentation „Counting The Dead“, Thomas introduced us to the different existing methodologies to count deaths and adressed fundamental questions: How – and why – do we quantify casualties, and classify them as such, compared to “normal deaths”?
These questions are of utmost importance for the work at HIIK.
In our every-day life, numbers on casualties are omnipresent.
Via news or social media, we receive information on casualties as a consequence of Ebola or of hurricanes such as in Haiti.
Conflict researchers might be especially attentive when news reports contain casualty numbers from conflicts all over the world.

Thank you so much, Thomas Tari for coming to Heidelberg, for the interesting presentation and the fruitful discussion!