Territories of Death, Trajectories of Bodies in Mass Violence Context

21MAY 2014
Seminar

Coord.: Carolina KOBELINSKY (École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Elisabeth ANSTETT (Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide, ERC programme), Francisco FERRÁNDIZ (Instituto de Lengua, Literatura y Antropología, CSIC, Madrid)
Org.: École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide (ERC programme), Instituto de Lengua, Literatura y Antropología (CSIC, Madrid)

Conference venue:
Casa de Velázquez
C/ de Paul Guinard, 3
28040 Madrid

Presentation

Mass violence has been a fundamental feature of the 20th century in Europe and all over the world. This workshop aims at questioning the legacy of mass violence in different societies by exploring the legal, social, religious and ethical issues related to clandestine burials, exhumations and re-inhumation. Bringing together different perspectives and disciplines (social anthropology, archaeology, biology, law, history), it seeks to examine the trajectories of the corpses from the moment of death to the moment of the "official" reburial. The workshop particularly focuses on its spatial dimension: the places that were first marked by clandestine burials are again disturbed by the quests for human remains. Together with the production of territories of death, a new process starts with the exhumations, producing new spaces: spaces of exhumation, spaces of re-inhumation. The dialogue between these spaces, or more generally, the relationship between corpses produced by mass violence and the spaces to which these corpses are related raises a set of questions: what are these places? To whom do they belong? How are they lived and imagined? What does the presence of dead bodies do to them? What political, symbolic, religious uses of these territories of death have been made?

Program

WEDNESDAY 21th MAY

9h-10h

Introduction
Elisabeth ANSTETT
CNRS (France)

Round Table

10h-14h

Francisco FERRÁNDIZ
CSIC (Madrid)

Luis RÍOS
Sociedad de Ciencias Aranzadi

Discussion
Chair
Paloma AGUILAR
UNED

Break

Laura MUÑOZ ENCINAR
Universidad de Extremadura

Pamela COLOMBO
Fondation Fyssen (EHESS)

Discussion
Chair
Queralt SOLÉ
Universitat de Barcelona

General discussion
Chair
Sévane GARIBIAN
Université de Genève

Admission free

PODCASTS
15/04/2016 - 24min 21s - Espagnol