“The Necropolis Politic: Mourning, Reclamation & Preservation in BIPOC Sacred Spaces” is a student-organized virtual symposium taking place on Saturday, October 31, dedicated to all things necropolitics - which, as used by Achille Mbembe, describes the use of social and political power to dictate how some people will live and how some will die, as determined by the will of nation-states.
From 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., the free symposium will highlight scholarly and creative work that speaks to the past and present knowledge of rituals for processing grief and loss, research on remembrance against acts of state-sponsored violence, and struggles to reclaim historical memory evidenced through our built environment and cultural landscapes.
This collaborative, interdisciplinary effort — organized by UTSOA students Diana Hernandez (MSHP) and Mitch Ford (CRP), among others — began as a research project investigating the history of the San Jose Cemetery in the Montopolis area of southeast Austin. The Mexican and Mexican American cemetery holds an incredible story about life in Austin and, like many BIPOC historic sites in Austin, is vulnerable to the gentrification of East and Southeast Austin.
Alongside Dia de Muertos, the Necropolis Politic will showcase this research, among many others, and creative performances by symposium partners Proytecto Teatro and others. For more information and to register for this free, virtual symposium visit: https://reclaimingmemoriestx.blog/symposium/