For whom and what do we grieve? The spaces and politics of diverse experiences of death, loss and remembrance (2)

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Studio 5, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Brenda Mathijssen, Avril Maddrell, Yasminah Beebeejaun
Chairs: Brenda Mathijssen


These sessions will explore the varied and intersectional political dimensions of embodied, individual, collective and institutionalised death, dying, loss and remembrance through a spatial lens. The idea of Deathscapes is not limited to landscapes associated with death, but in a wider sense includes the spatial dimensions and relations situating and contextualising dying, death, bereavement and remembrance. Politics are at the core of these geographies of death, dying, grieving and memorialisation (see Johnson 1994; Sidaway 2009; Maddrell 2010; Wagner 2010; Stevenson et al 2016), in both everyday and extraordinary circumstances. Local and national governments act as key providers of cemeteries and crematoria in some countries. The state directs key public bodies such as the military, border security and police, and services such as public housing, schools and prisons; they also commission, regulate and curate public memorials. Likewise, public housing, welfare regimes and immigration policy impact on the experience of living-dying and bereavement. This applies to groups marginalised by monolithic and intersectional exclusion from power (e.g. see Morin 2016 on racialized carceral death). Also, as the Mediterranean Missing Migrants Project, #BlackLivesMatter and events in Charlottesville, USA testify, it applies to the politics of who is deemed 'grievable' in Butler's (2009) terms, as well as who is publicly remembered, how, where and when - and at what cost? The politics and political processes surrounding death and remembrance, how these intersect with bodies, lives, communities and socio-cultural differences merit further examination in Geographical and wider analyses.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Danny McNally*, University of Reading, Brenda Mathijssen*, University of Reading, Yasminah Beebeejaun*, The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, Avril Maddrell*, University of Reading , Katie McClymont, University of the West of England, Bristol, The cultural politics of migrant and minority deathscapes in the United Kingdom 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Samira Saramo*, University of Turku, “Death, Political Identities, and Ethno-regional Belonging in ‘Finnish North America’” 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Arnar Arnason*, , A tale of two deaths 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Yasmin Gunaratnam*, Goldsmiths College, Transnational dying and debility - Thinking blackly with neurology 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Avril Maddrell 20 11:20 AM

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