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CDAS Conference 2017: Death at the Margins of the State

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Prof Ton Robben, CDAS 2017 Keynote Speaker
Dates of Event
9th June 2017 – 10th June 2017
Last Booking Date for this Event
5th June 2017

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Human beings typically grant appropriate death rites to those deemed members of the community; withholding of proper rites often reflects or symbolises exclusion from the political or moral community. The history of dissection, for example, bears witness to this.

Today, the concept of ‘ human’ extends in theory to everyone regardless of nationality, gender, abilities, etc, yet in practice citizenship (legal or moral) may for many be precarious or lacking. The stateless and/or those lacking full citizen rights may include asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, those on the wrong side in civil wars, victims of genocide, prisoners, travellers, foetuses, and those deemed to lack mental capacity: their deaths may be endorsed, ignored, stigmatised, or manipulated by the state or powerful institutions.

By contrast, those who die to create or defend the state become sacred heroes of the nation. Death and the state are intimately connected, each helping – through inclusion and exclusion - to define the other.


Our keynote speaker for Conference 2017 is Prof. Antonius C.G.M. Robben, Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and past President of the Netherlands Society of Anthropology.


There is no accommodation available at the University for this conference, please see our website for information on local accommodation options.


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