Consuming Death Through Urban Kitsch
Signs of death and human destruction have been woven into the cultural fabric of many cities and – for instance – can be found in certain tours centered upon horrible historical happenings. These activities belong to the greater phenomenon that has been termed “dark tourism,” But, as Tosha R. Taylor in this discussion claims, “death kitsch” in urban spaces is not limited to tourism alone. What is death kitsch exactly and aren’t we all guilty as charged?
Look and Despair: Probing an Apolitics of Mourning
Loss is banal, perhaps, but it is not general and it is not slight. It matters who is lost, and when, and how. An apolitics of mourning might help us to appreciate the specifics of loss, beyond the lists of names, beyond the fading inscriptions, beyond the onslaught of visual representations of death and injury.
Making Space for Death
What does it mean to invite death into our cities? In this article Diana Skidmore innovatively connects the horrible mass shootings in the USA to the necessity to have other debates about death in our cities. She argues that death should not be pushed out of urban society and presents us with an interesting analysis of the Urban Death Project. Can this be seen as a ‘good’ way of dying?
When I die, fold me into the city - An Interview With Katrina Spade
"The natural burial movement, in which the body is able to decompose naturally, is ideal for rural folk or those who choose the countryside as their final resting place. But what about an option for city dwellers? What about bringing death back to our communities?"
Getting Over It: the Loss of Mourning
Grieving the loss of a loved one: “It is a devastatingly lonely experience: you can be surrounded by friends but still feel utterly lost at sea, cruelly buffeted by the waves. We all understand that death is a part of life, but to think of this prospect everyday is impractical and certainly not deemed socially acceptable.” In this article, Mariana Howell examines what has happened to mourning in our westernised culture. Has depression as a popular blanket diagnosis replaced our process of mourning? Do we need to forge new mourning rituals and rethink our uncomfortable dealing with death?