Decomposing Bodies (DB) is a collaborative research project housed the Visual Media Workshop (VMW), a Digital Humanities lab located in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. The project is directed by Alison Langmead, Director of the VMW (Technical Director for DB), and Josh Ellenbogen, Associate Professor (Academic Director for DB). Decomposing Bodies principally concerns the entry into use of the first criminal identification system ever established--the Bertillon System--and will ultimately make contributions to issues in the study of information science and data management, the history of identity and the self in modernity, the study of state power, and race and social history in America.

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