sublime or of the shattering
loss of all faith in a benevolent Almighty, and any other possible
Bataille’s speculative analysis of the relations between death, its
embodiment in the corpse and the political phenomenon of sovereignty well exceeds the use Kristeva made of certain elements in
his theory. However, Bataille appears to suggest tracing the politi
cal back to its alleged religious underpinnings, not only explaining
away the coupling of the systems by understanding the political
social system as epiphenomenal to the religious social system, but
Death, landscape and power among the Duha Tuvinians of northern Mongolia
Benedikte Møller Kristensen
, at a far distance from human settlement; the
oldest relative must give a farewell speech to the deceased, persuading it to leave this world; sometimes belongings will be burned and a
shaman or Buddhist Lama may conduct a ritual in order to guide the
soul of the deceased to its proper resting place. The living kin undertake these practices in order to ensure the proper departure of the
soul to – in the case of a lay person – some kind of afterworld or – in
the case of a shaman – its embodiment in a certain spirit vessel/amulet (eren) or a sacrificial tree (tahih
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Governing the dead? Theoretical approaches
Recorded memories and diasporic identity in the archive of Giuseppe
the village, such as the church bells on a holiday. But voices are the sounds that attract him the most: voices of known people who send greetings from a faraway place or send messages in Arbëresh and Italian, able to provoke loving and engaging memories in those who listen.
Voice, thanks to its connection to language, communicative and artistic performances, and embodiment, is a complex phenomenon examined by philosophers, anthropologists and scholars of voice studies including Derrida, Zumthor and Ihde. Disembodied and (decon)textualised through recording, voice
Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa
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This funeral was indistinguishable from a guerrilla funeral except for the
presence of flags and banners of the 1980s mass democratic movement.
M. Ramphele, ‘Political widowhood in South Africa: the embodiment of
ambiguity’, Daedalus, 125:1 (Winter 1996), p. 107.
Ibid., p. 106.
D. McRae, ‘History stalks the torturers who drove Neil Aggett to suicide’,
Mail and Guardian, 29 November–5 December 2013.
J. D. Aronson, ‘The strengths and limitations of South Africa’s search
for apartheid-era missing