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The Materiality and Spatiality of Death, Burial and Commemoration
Streb, Christoph K.; Kolnberger, Thomas
2022Routledge, New York - Oxon, Unknown/unspecified


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Abstract :
[en] Introduction: The materiality and spatiality of death, burial and commemoration Christoph Klaus Streb and Thomas Kolnberger 1. Post-medieval burial customs in Germany – an archaeological perspective on materiality and spatiality Hauke Kenzler 2. Charnel practices in medieval England: new perspectives Elizabeth Craig-Atkins, Jennifer Crangle, P. S. Barnwell, Dawn M. Hadley, Allan T. Adams, Ian Atkins, Jessica-Rose McGinn, and Alice James 3. Material specificity and cultural agency: the mummies of the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Sicily Natalie Polzer 4. Embalming and the materiality of death (France, nineteenth century) Anne Carol 5. Ephemeral materiality: a place for lifeless infants in cemeteries Philippe Charrier and Gaëlle Clavandier 6. The unnaturalness of natural burials: dispossessing the dispossessed Anna-Katharina Balonier, Elizabeth Parsons and Anthony Patterson 7. Materiality and the body: explorations at the end of life Thorsten Benkel and Matthias Meitzler
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Religion & theology
Editor :
Streb, Christoph K.;  Institute of Historical Archaeology of the Palatinate (Germany)
Kolnberger, Thomas ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Geography and Spatial Planning (DGEO)
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The Materiality and Spatiality of Death, Burial and Commemoration
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Routledge, New York - Oxon, Unknown/unspecified
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FNR8333105 - Material Culture And Spaces Of Remembrance. A Study Of Cemeteries In Luxembourg In The Context Of The Greater Region, 2014 (01/08/2015-31/07/2018) - Sonja Kmec
Commentary :
Death, dying and burial produce artefacts and occur in spatial contexts. The interplay between such materiality and the bereaved who commemorate the dead yields interpretations and creates meanings that can change over time. Materiality is more than simple matter, void of meaning or relevance. The apparent inanimate has meaning. It is charged with significance, has symbolic and interpretative value—perhaps a form of selfhood, which originates from the interaction with the animate. In our case, gravestones, bodily remains and the spatial order of the cemetery are explored for their material agency and relational constellations with human perceptions and actions. Consciously and unconsciously, by interacting with such materiality, one is creating meaning, while materiality retroactively provides a form of agency. Spatiality provides more than a mere context: it permits and shapes such interaction. Thus, artefacts, mementos and memorials are exteriorised, materialised, and spatialized forms of human activity: they can be understood as cultural forms, the function of which is to sustain social life. However, they are also the medium through which values, ideas and criteria of social distinction are reproduced, legitimised, or transformed. This book will explore this interplay by going beyond the consideration of simple grave artefacts on the one hand and graveyards as a space on the other hand, to examine the specific interrelationships between materiality, spatiality, the living, and the dead.
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