Discourses on the Dignity of the Dead in the Ongoing Russian War against Ukraine
Introduction: The Dead Among Us
Exposing the Dead. Human Remains on Display
Bodies of Lenin. Ideology and Biochemistry in the Laboratory of the Future
Embodied Rituals and Ritualized Bodies—Making Sense of Death
Human Remains in Baobab Trees and Anthropology Museums: Investigating Burial Practices in Senegal
Undignified Deaths of Outlaws in the Soviet Union. The Case of Lithuanian Deportees and Camp Prisoners
The Handling of the Deceased During the COVID-19 Pandemic in China
Selbstbestimmt Abschied nehmen
Commemoration of Human Remains in Rwanda as an Emancipatory Strategy Against the Dominance of Holocaust Discourse

Thursday, May 19 – Saturday, May 21, 2022

The Dignity of the Dead

Conception: Mischa Gabowitsch, Potsdam, and Frédéric Keck, Paris/Berlin
with Sarah Benz, Berlin; Guo Yueshan, Beijing; Nerija Putinaitė, Vilnius; Isabelle Reimann, Berlin; Iryna Sklokina, Lviv; Holger Stoecker, Göttingen; Liv Nilsson Stutz, Växjö; Małgorzata Wosińska, Warsaw; Alexei Yurchak, Berkeley

In a time of war and plague, how do we treat the dead with dignity? How has this question been answered in different times and places? Why do we display the bodies of certain heroes or victims, of certain saints or political leaders? Why do we present some of our dead in museums in the name of medicine or as colonial artefacts? What is the duty of the living to the dead?


Preliminary program

May 19, 2022