The production of everyday death: legitimizing logics and deathly discourses: Part 1

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Galerie 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: John-Henry Pitas, Mariya Shcheglovitova
Chairs: John-Henry Pitas


What makes a death ordinary and what makes it extra-ordinary? While death can confront us under any circumstance and in any location, some deaths are produced as common-place, others as exceptional. Recent interventions in geography and related disciplines have begun to recognize the forms of death produced by capitalism, and their role in the process of value accumulation. From war zones and slaughterhouses, to city streets and public parks, these diverse spaces of death rely on logics of explanation that justify and legitimate some deaths. And simultaneously, other deaths in the same spaces are rendered exceptional, tragic, and unacceptable. This session seeks to probe these uneven geographies of death, and the logics and discourse which produce them.

As a starting point, we ask what forms of death occur and are produced in everyday life, and what logics render these deaths ordinary, extra-ordinary, or otherwise? Our goal with this session is not only to identify spaces and forms of death that might be overlooked by geographic research or powerful institutional actors, but to uncover how discourse, norms, values, and even geographic knowledge itself contribute to the production of death as ordinary or extra-ordinary.

The papers in this session will examine the material and discursive dimensions of death and dying to interrogate and upset narratives of death as simply an antithesis to life. Through these explorations, death may further flourish into a diverse domain of study worthy of deeper examination by geographers.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Gretchen Sneegas*, University of Georgia, Producing (extra)ordinary death on the farm: Deathly knowledges and dead calves 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Shiloh Krupar*, Georgetown University, Nadine Ehlers, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney, Deadly Life-Making: Biocultures of Breast Cancer and the Death Effects of Hope 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Kelsey Hanrahan*, , Living and dying on the periphery: Spaces of death within the geographies of intergenerational care 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Juliane Collard*, University of British Columbia, Averted birth, averted death: Embryo afterlives and technoscience futures 20 9:00 AM
Discussant James Tyner Kent State University 20 9:20 AM

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