3 décembre : Vanessa Grotti et Patrice Ladwig au séminaire Cortem

Le séminaire de l’ANR Cortem tiendra le vendredi 3 décembre prochain sa seconde séance, autour de deux interventions :

Vanessa Grotti (Università di Bologna) : Ecologies of Remembrance:  Situating the Afterlives of Migrant Dead at Sea in Italy (1997-2021).

This presentation is based on data I collected in collaboration with Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Anthropology, Columbia University) and Marc Brightman (Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna) for a small, multi-sited ethnographic research project funded by the Wenner-Gren foundation which started in 2018 and will end later this year. Our aim is to analyse anthropologically the maritime, forensic and mortuary practices (performed at sea and on land) linked to the material, social and ritual management of unidentified migrant human remains in Italy. I will introduce the regional migration context, and the reasons why focusing on the receiving, ‘host’ country raises interesting questions for anthropology of kinship, death and materiality. I will then present the specific maritime tragedies which frame the project (with a specific focus on my field research in southern Italy and Albania) and how they are connected, before reflecting on how these different fields converge and participate in contemporary regional and national processes of memorialisation and patrimonialisation in the Mediterranean.

Patrice Ladwig (Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity) : Death, Ghosts and Hospitality for the Dead.

The dead – as ancestors, divinities or ghosts, for example – are not located in a realm that is beyond immanence and inaccessible through a sort of metaphysical wall. Despite death’s huge cross-cultural variation, this presentation argues that the deceased are social entities intrinsic to the workings of any society. We are always indebted to the dead, and therefore forced to foster relationships with them by processes of exchange and recognition. By referring to the ethnographic example of festivals for ghosts in Southeast Asian Theravāda Buddhism, I argue that hospitality constitutes one such elementary mode of relatedness. My reading of the ethnography suggests that ghosts – as a horrifying and pitiful species of beings – can be understood as ‘strangers’ to the realm of the living, who intrude into a world they usually do not belong to. Nevertheless, they have to be identified, recognized and be cared for. I argue that the interaction of humans and ghosts therefore can be understood as a process of establishing hospitality, in which both guest and host are transformed in ritual encounters.

La séance aura lieu de 10h à 13h, selon un format hybride. Nous nous réunirons physiquement à l’Université de Paris (site des Grands Moulins, 5 rue Thomas Mann 75013 Paris), en salle 481 C. L’intégralité de la séance sera par ailleurs retransmise en distanciel via l’application Zoom. Pour disposer du lien de connexion, merci d’envoyer un message à l’adresse anrcortem@gmail.com. Nous vous enverrons immédiatement les informations nécessaires pour vous suivre les échanges à distance.

Au plaisir de vous retrouver le 3 décembre !

L’équipe Cortem


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