Event Name Politics in the Face of Death, An Interdisciplinary Workshop at the University of Edinburgh
Start Date 11th May 2018 9:00am
End Date 11th May 2018 5:00pm
Duration 8 hours


From migrants facing death at borders around the world, to the different chapters of the “War on Terror”, to the politics of post-genocide, our era seems to be marked by the constant politicisation of death. Social and physical death are increasingly intertwined in various spectacles of horror. Clearly, not all deaths are treated equally. Trenchant questions remain over what kinds of death are deemed morally, political and legally significant – and what kinds of death are rendered invisible. This conference will try to approach these complex issues, by bringing together scholars from different disciplines to examine the global politics of death.


  • Prof Banu Bargu (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Prof Neve Gordon (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Dr Charles Heller (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Dr Laura Major (University of Edinburgh)
  • Prof Achille Mbembe (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Dr Claire Moon (London School of Economics)
  • Dr Lorenzo Pezzani (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The full conference programme, including the abstracts, can be found attached. 


Participation is free of charge, but the number of places is limited. Therefore, it is essential you register here: https://politicsinthefaceofdeath.eventbrite.co.uk

Time and Place

The workshop takes place on May 11, 2018, in the Project Room at 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh. It will run from 9:00 to 17:00.


  • Prof Tobias Kelly (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Nicola Perugini (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Mathias Thaler (University of Edinburgh)

Funding and Support

The workshop is funded by the Global Justice Academy, Social Anthropology, Centre for African Studies, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions 703225 - OHS and 701891 – HPHS, and supported by Politics and International Relations.

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