Doing research on ‘sensitive topics’, such as death and bereavement, can raise particular challenges for qualitative and cross-cultural researchers. This is often due to the deep emotions which may be evoked among both participants and researchers, and the ways that emotions are culturally produced. Our new blogpost reflects on the methodological complexities of producing ’emotionally-sensed knowledge’ about death and bereavement in our qualitative research in urban Senegal. It summarises the key messages from our article published in the International Journal of Social Research Methodology.
We are pleased to announce a new call for papers!
For whom and what do we grieve, when and where: : The geo-politics of diverse experiences of death, bereavement and remembrance: human and non-human
Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual Conference 2017, London, 29th Aug-1st Sept 2017
Session Convenors: Ruth Evans, Beth Greenough, Phil Howell, Avril Maddrell, Katie McClymont
Sponsored by: RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group and Political Geography Research Group
Politics are at the core of geographies of death, dying, grieving and memorialisation (Johnson 1994; Sidaway 2009; Stevenson et al 2016), with local and national governments acting as key providers of cemeteries and crematoria and commissioners of public memorials; likewise, immigration policy and welfare regimes impact on experiences of bereavement. Yet the politics and political processes surrounding death and how these intersect with socio-cultural differences are under-examined and little articulated. This applies to groups marginalised by monolithic and intersectional exclusion from power; likewise it applies to the politics of what, as well as who is ‘grievable’ in Butler’s (2009) terms: which species, where and when? which environments and contexts?
For these two sessions we invite conceptual, empirical and methodological papers which explore the varied political dimensions of embodied, personal, socio-cultural, geo-political, environmental and species loss through a geographical lens.
We particularly welcome contributions that address the following themes:
· the geopolitics of intersectional migration deathscapes
· cemetery and crematoria needs in multi-cultural society
· minority provision in the face of hegemonic spaces and practices
· gendered, classed and ethnic memorialscapes
· death and bereavement in the global South
· Post-Brexit experience of loss
· cross-species grief
· discursive and physical space for animals, including pets
· memorialisation of war, including civil war and animal death
· Loss of biospheres and habitat
· Dialogue between human and non-human loss
Please send an abstract of 200-250 words to Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by 5pm 6th February 2017.
See RGS-IBG website for further details.