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Am Montag, den 25. Juni hält Dr. Christien Klaufus einen Vortrag zum Thema "Constructions of Eternity in Latin American Deathscapes"

25.06.2018 um 18:00 Uhr

Dr. Christien Klaufus (Centre for Latin American Research and documentation, University of Amsterdam)

Constructions of Eternity in Latin American Deathscapes

Most societies and cultures imagine the hereafter as an eternal realm where whatever remains of us can dwell. The final destination of the dead body, in turn, is often the cemetery. Eternal grave rest is important in several religions. Cemeteries used to be designed for this. Yet in today’s cramped global cities final destinations have gotten an itinerary of their own, creating new temporalities and spatialities of bodies and souls. This lecture delves into the nature of time-space constructions in Latin American urban deathscapes based on ethnographic research in Bogotá, Medellín and Lima. The first part of the lecture explains how current dead disposal logistics in these cities produce temporalities, in which ‘eternity’ is no longer a leading notion. The second part discusses the role of pilgrimages and myths about folk saints as acts that aim to counter such logics and logistics through the construction of alternative memories, pasts, and temporalities. Changing meanings and notions of time - also connected to new digital options for memorialization - are discussed in the Latin American metropolitan context.


Wann?     Montag, 25.06.2018, 18 Uhr
Wo?         Institut für Ethnologie, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 München
                Raum L155 (Obergeschoss) Lageplan


Für die Veranstaltungsreihe hat Frau Prof. Dr. Eveline Dürr in diesem Semester ein vielseitiges  Programm mit interessanten Themen und ReferentInnen zusammengestellt. Mehr Informationen über ehemalige Vorträge am Institut für Ethnologie finden Sie im „Veranstaltungsarchiv".