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.
|Presenter||Thom Davies*, University of Warwick, Violence against the rural? Toxic lives and slow deaths in ‘Cancer Alley’||20||10:00 AM|
|Presenter||Swati Krishnan*, Ambedkar University Delhi, AUD, “Dying in Delhi is terrible, but it is nice to live here”: A study of socio-spatial changes in the disposal of the dead in Delhi||20||10:20 AM|
|Presenter||Norbert Ross*, Vanderbilt University, Death takes place: the logic of recognition, celebration, and legitimization of death in El Salvador.||20||10:40 AM|
|Presenter||Jerry Zee*, UC Santa Cruz, Delaying Necrosis: Slowed Decay in China’s Capital of Dying||20||11:00 AM|
|Presenter||Kirstie Jamieson*, Edinburgh Napier Universiity, Euan Winton, Edinburgh Napier University, Dianne Wills, Edinburgh Napier University, Light and the Tempo-Spatial Language of Loss||20||11:20 AM|
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