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.