Seminar – Territories of death, trajectories of bodies in mass violence contexts

Madrid conferenceFollowing the creation of territories of death, a new phase starts with the process of exhumation and the production of new spaces: spaces of exhumation and spaces of re-inhumation. The dialogue between these spaces or, more generally, the relationship between corpses produced by mass violence and the spaces in which these bodies are related raises a variety 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, and religious uses have been made of these territories of death?

The seminar, Territories of death, trajectories of bodies in mass violence contexts, took place on 21 May 2014 at Casa de Velázquez, Madrid. It was organised by the École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide (ERC programme), and the Instituto de Lengua, Literatura y Antropología (CSIC, Madrid).

Musealization of Violence in Central and Eastern Europe – Workshop

downloadThe musealization of mass violence has drastically changed since 1989, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. New political, social, cultural and scholarly agendas, the possibility to access documents and archives, and to circulate ideas and research through formerly closed borders, has allowed for new ways to document the traumatic past and to launch a common thinking about how to commemorate the past on a European and even worldwide scale.

This calls for methodological and ethical questions about the feasibility and relevance of representing or reconstructing past violence. Musealization may go along with an inexplicit, memorial void, or with the deformation or falsification of history. To understand these new or modified spaces of memory one needs to comprehend the issues at stake, including the interaction of antagonistic experiences.

The workshop, co-organised by the Corpses of mass violence programme and held at the Sorbonne and EHESS Paris, will address these issues on 23-24 May 2014. For further information please see here.