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Yehonatan Alsheh

sublime or of the shattering loss of all faith in a benevolent Almighty, and any other possible formulation. 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 in

in Human remains and mass violence
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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

in Governing the dead
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Theoretical approaches
Finn Stepputat

.), 1994, Embodiment and Experience: The Existential Ground of Culture and Self (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Das, V. and D. Poole (eds), 2004, Anthropology in the Margins of the State (Santa Fe: School of American Research Press). De Boeck, F., 2007, ‘Youth, Death and the Urban Imagination: A Case from Kinshasa’, Mededelingen der zittingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Overzeese wetenschappen 52(2): 113–25. Dean, M., 2004, ‘Four Theses on the Powers of Life and Death’, Contretemps 5, December: 16–29. Governing the dead? Theoretical approaches 31 Devji

in Governing the dead
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Recorded memories and diasporic identity in the archive of Giuseppe Chiaffitella
Nicola Scaldaferri

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

in Sonic ethnography
Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa
Nicky Rousseau

: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (London: Verso, 1983). 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

in Human remains and identification