Death: a symposium with Thomas W. Laqueur

29 October 2010

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

This symposium follows a lecture by Thomas W. Laqueur on Thursday 28 October, entitled Human Rights Pedagogy and the Politics of Humanitarianism.


Professor Laqueur will speak from a text called 'The Deep Time of the Dead'. His paper addresses the particular cultural work that dead bodies do in particular times and places-- late modern Europe-- in relationship to timeless anthropological claims for the dead (Robert Hertz is key here) and to the skeptical tradition going back to Diogenes that dead bodies do not matter.

Programme and Registration


Please click on the links at the right hand side of the page to see the programme and register online.   The event is free to attend.


Location : CRASSH Date : 29 October 2010

Friday 29 October




Thomas Laqueur (History, Berkeley)
The Deep  Time of the Dead

Chair:  Mary Jacobus (CRASSH)

Respondent: Miri Rubin (History, Queen Mary, University of  London)


Sex and Other  Deaths

John Forrester (HPS, Cambridge)
Foucault and Lacqueur on Masturbation

Leon Rocha (Needham Research Institute, Cambridge)
Dao, Sex, Immortality: Joseph Needham's Investigations on "nei dan" (internal alchemy)

Chair: Lauren Kassell (HPS, Cambridge)


Tea/coffee break


Death Work

Maja Petrovic-Steger (Social Anthropology, Cambridge)
Contemporary Constructions of the Dead Body

Jenny Wallace (English, Cambridge)
Absent Bodies, Powerful Presences

Simon Goldhill (Classics, Cambridge)
Even the Dead have Votes

Chair: Megan Vaughan (University of Cambridge)


Closing Comments

Thomas Laqueur


Wine Reception at CRASSH