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What We’re Reading

Inspired by a blog post written by a previous DH Praxis group researching cemeteries (see Building Necropolis), we want to share with our audiences articles that have impacted our research. For the articles that are open access, we invite you to annotate along with us using Hypothesis.

On Necropolitics

Statue of Justice from Top of New York City Hall with Definition of Necropolitics
Necropolitics: ‘the power and the capacity to dictate who may live and who must die’ -Dr. Achille Mbembe

Mbembe, Achille. “Necropolitics.” Public Culture, translated by Libby Meintjes, vol. 15, no. 1, Duke University Press, 2003, pp. 11–40. Project MUSE, http://muse.jhu.edu/article/39984.

On Deathscapes

Shoes Hanging from Power Line with Deathscape Definition
Deathscape: A landscape comprising both physical and notional spaces, as represented by burial sites, monuments, and the practices of care and memorialization related to death -The MC Team

Kong, Lily. “Cemetaries and Columbaria, Memorials and Mausoleums: Narrative and Interpretation in the Study of Deathscapes in Geography.” Australian Geographical Studies, vol. 37, no. 1, Mar. 1999, pp. 1–10, doi:10.1111/1467-8470.00061. Annotate with us in Hypothesis.

On COVID in New York City

CITY, THE. “As Trenches Fill, Plans for Hart Island COVID-19 Memorial Look to Past and Future.” THE CITY, 11 Dec. 2020, https://www.thecity.nyc/2020/12/11/22170479/hart-island-covid-memorial-new-york-city-potters-field. Annotate with us in Hypothesis.

Geanous, Jacob. “NYC Jail-Related COVID Fatalities at Least Double Official Three Who Died in Custody.” THE CITY, 9 Mar. 2021, https://www.thecity.nyc/missing-them/2021/3/9/22322161/nyc-jail-covid-deaths-double-official-count. Annotate with us in Hypothesis.

Columbia J-School Stabile Center. “One in 10 Local COVID Victims Destined for Hart Island, NYC’s Potter’s Field.” THE CITY, 24 Mar. 2021, https://www.thecity.nyc/missing-them/2021/3/24/22349311/nyc-covid-victims-destined-for-hart-island-potters-field. Annotate with us in Hypothesis.

Lewis, Caroline. “Rikers Inmates Will No Longer Bury The Dead Amid Hart Island Transformation.” Gothamist, 6 May 2021, https://gothamist.com/news/rikers-inmates-will-no-longer-bury-dead-amid-hart-island-transformation.

Deathscapes Outside of New York City

CBS News. “Inside the Search for Tombstones from the Columbian Harmony Cemetery, Where 37,000 Black D.C. Residents Were Once Buried.” CBS Sunday Morning, 21 Feb. 2021, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/columbian-harmony-cemetery-history-37000-black-dc-residents/. Annotate with us in Hypothesis.

Pilkington, Ed. “Bones of Black Children Killed in Police Bombing Used in Ivy League Anthropology Course.” The Guardian, 23 Apr. 2021, http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/22/move-bombing-black-children-bones-philadelphia-princeton-pennsylvania. Annotate with us in Hypothesis.

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