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Queer Death Studies: Death, Dying and Mourning From a Queerfeminist Perspective

Article by Radomska, Marietta and Mehrab, Tara; Lykke, Nina

This introduction to the Queer Death Studies special issue explores an emerging transdisciplinary field of research. This field critically, (self-)reflexively and affirmatively investigates and challenges conventional normativities, assumptions, expectations, and regimes of truths that are brought to life and made evident by current planetary scale necropolitics and its framing of death, dying and mourning in the contemporary world. It is set against the background of traditional engagements with the question of death, often grounded in Western hegemonic and normative ideas of dying, dead and mourning subjects and bodies, on the one hand; and on the other contemporary discourses on human and nonhuman death and extinction, directly linked to the environmental crisis, capitalist and post/colonial extractivist necropolitics, material and symbolic violence, oppression and inequalities, and socio-economic, political and ecological unsustainabilities. By bringing together conceptual and analytical tools grounded in feminist materialisms and feminist theorising broadly speaking, queer theory and decolonial critique, the contributions in this special issue strive to advance queerfeminist methodologies and ontological, ethical and political understandings that critically and creatively attend to the problem of death, dying and mourning in the current environmental, cultural, and socio-political contexts.

KEYWORDS: Queer death studies; death; dying; mourning; necropolitics; feminist materialisms


Title of Journal / Edit Volume, incl. names of editors:
Australian Feminist Studies

Author:
Radomska, Marietta

Research Area:
Unruly Collaborations

Date:
2020

Tags:
Academic

URL to website/presentation:
https://doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2020.1811952

Financed:
Affiliated but not funded by Seed Box
Vetenskapsr√•det’s International Postdoc Grant