Queer Death Studies – Analyzing and Resisting Necropower

Queer Death Studies – Analyzing and Resisting Necropower

The recommended accreditation is: 7,5 + 7,5 credits
Time: December 8, 2020
Location: Online
Deadline for applications: September 20, 2020
Applications should be sent to: InterGender Consortium Coordinator Edyta Just (edyta.just[at]liuse)
Maximum number of participants: 20 participants

Organized by:
InterGender, Consortium and Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and Linköping University, Sweden

Course coordinator:
InterGender Consortium Coordinator Edyta Just (edyta.just[at]liuse)

Professor Em Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Sweden
Senior lecturer Tara Mehrabi, Karlstad University, Sweden
Postdoc Marietta Radomska, Linköping University, Sweden

The course gives an introduction to the emerging field of Queer Death Studies, its critiques of necropowers, and its framings of resistances to current necropolitics, moulded by neoliberal and extractivist capitalism and post/colonialism. It raises the question: What does it mean to bring the notion of queering to bear on the analysis of death, dying, mourning and afterlife in current political climates and contexts of crises? In response, the course takes a point of departure in a broad conceptualization of queering. This means that queer will be understood in its verbform, queering, which refers to processes of undoing and unmaking of norms and structurally oppressive societal normativities in a broad sense, which in the case of death, dying, mourning and afterlife is related to clusters of intersecting necropowers. But it will also be emphasized how such an understanding opens horizons towards politically much needed reflections on resistance and reontologizations, based on entanglements of queering methodologies with posthumanizing and decolonizing ones. The lectures will draw on different analytical examples, focusing

  1. on the issue of killability and disposable bodies related to lab animals;
  2. on bioart practices and the ways in which they call for reflections on the non/living;
  3. on viral ontologies and necropowers, related to the CoVid19 pandemic.  


08. Dezember 2020, 10.00 – 17.45