Middle East Studies

Workshop – Death and Afterlives in the Middle East

Friday, September 27, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute
111 Thayer St.

Registration is required and will open up closer to the date

Asli Zengin, Louise Lamphere Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Department of Anthropology, and the Center for Middle East Studies at Brown University are organizing a one-day workshop titled “Death and Afterlives in the Middle East,” to be held on Friday, September 27, 2019.

The theme for the conference will bring together academics from around the world to consider the social, political, symbolic and material life of death. Participants will discuss how death and its afterlives help us develop new tropes to think about belonging, migration, mobility, regimes of security, war on terror, violence, intimacy, and care.

Confirmed participants include Eirini Avramopoulou, Osman Balkan, Denise Gill, Frances Hasso, Minoo Moallem, Graham Auman Pitts, Kali Rubaii, Sima Shakhsari, Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, and Nukhet Varlik.

Major Events

Program:

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. 
Welcome and Introduction

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Militarized Death: A Critical Inquiry into Memory, Time, War on Terror and Settler Colonialism

Minoo Moallem, University of Caifornia, Berkeley "Martyrdom, National Memory and Iran-Iraq War Movies"
Sima Shakshari, University of Minnesota, "Dying on YouTube and Dying at YouTube: Nassim Aghdam, Neda Agha Soltan, and Loaned Life"
Kali Rubaii, Rice University "Not Dying on Time: The Brutalization of Protracted Living"
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Hebrew University of Jerusalem "Necropenology: Conquering New Bodies, Psychics, and Territories in East Jerusalem"

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Demographics of Demise: Governing Social Reproduction, Political Anxieties and Mortality  

Nükhet Varlık, Rutgers University, Newark "New Methods for Governing Death in Early Modern Istanbul"
Graham Auman Pitts, Georgetown University "The Afterlife of an Intersectional Famine: Gender, Nature, and Death in World War I Mount Lebanon"
Frances Hasso, Duke University "Racial Anxieties, Eugenics, and the Demographics of Life and Death in Colonial Palestine"

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Posthumous Labor: Mortal Mobilities, Geographies of Injury and Caring for the Dead

Denise Gill, Stanford University "Posthumous Aurality and the Craft of Deathwork"
Eirini Avramopolou, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece "Living archives of death: Representational violence and the aporia of freedom"
Osman Balkan, Swarthmore College "The Political Afterlives of Dead Migrants"

5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
Discussion