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The Imperative of Propriety: Syrians’ Burial Crisis in Lebanon and the Mobilizing Power of Death

When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: 1902 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Graduate Students

Contact: Elizabeth Morrissey  

Group: Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS)

Category: Lectures & Meetings


EDGS Graduate Lecture Series

Foroogh Farhang, Anthropology

This paper explores legal, spatial and numeric anxieties that surround the burial crisis of Syrians in Lebanon, in years following the 2011 mass migration of Syrians to the country. It does so by bringing the ethical and the political-economic aspects of death together through a focus on the notion of propriety. I particularly attend to how localized and universalized understandings of propriety and shifting modes in which people relate to these understandings have mobilized different, and at times conflicting, discourses and networks around Syrians’ burial practices. I argue that these mobilizations alter the spatial order of life vis-à-vis death and further challenge the local, national, and transnational modes of governmentality, and state territoriality.

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