Itinerant death at the Ground Zero Mosque and Bali bombsite

sites, awaiting reconstruction. Rather unexpectedly, however, bombsites move. They are not fixed as the distance contained between borders of destruction, nor as the wider terrain upon which rubble fell. Instead, constitutions and performances of disaster space are made upon places outside the epicentre of destruction, expanding the spatial bounds of the disaster and, conversely, such claims cease to be

in Death and security

10 Heading towards ‘disaster’ ‘What a country!’: The ‘Peral affair’ In 1811, at the height of the war against the French, an Asturian priest sent a letter with a somewhat unusual proposal to the constitutional Cortes assembled in Cádiz. He offered to walk from pueblo to pueblo the length and breadth of the country while bearing an image of Spain. The image would be of a venerable matron in mourning, on her knees and raising her hands to heaven in supplication. At the base of this image would be the inscription: ‘La Madre Patria pide a sus amantes hijos la

in Spanish identity in the age of nations

9 4 The civil war and the MH17 disaster The February 2014 regime change in Kiev placed state power in the hands of Ukrainian ultra-​nationalists and anti-​Russian billionaires intent on removing the country from the post-​Soviet orbit and reorienting it to the West. ‘The profound civic impetus for dignity and good governance at the heart of the Maidan revolution’, writes Richard Sakwa, ‘was hijacked by the radicals who followed the monist path to its logical conclusion while allowing oligarch power to be reconstituted’.1 The country’s inevitable break-​up was

in Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War

 130 5 Communal self-​improvement after the ‘disasters of the Strike’ Although ethical Radicalism was initially elucidated as a response to the failure of the strategies of 1839, it became hegemonic within the movement after 1842 largely because of the constitutional, peaceful, and moral politics of electoral interventions and ‘home colonisation’ that became centrepieces of the NCA’s strategy.1 This chapter will outline how this was seriously challenged by the vast strikewaves of July and August 1842, in which thousands of workers largely in the Potteries and

in Popular virtue
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Anti-love drugs could easily be misused. They bring to mind disturbing parallels with sexual orientation conversion therapies and other attempts to coercively intervene in the biology of vulnerable minorities, such as LGBTQ children and adolescents. This chapter explores the dangers of making certain biotechnologies available under oppressive conditions or in societies characterized by widespread intolerance or injustice. It also questions the logic of the ‘born this way’ movement for LGBTQ rights, which is premised on the idea that sexual orientation is not a choice. If high-tech conversion therapies are ever developed that can in fact change sexual orientation, the intellectual foundation for the movement would collapse. The chapter therefore argues for the movement to be placed on stronger footing, and suggests how this might be done.

in Love is the Drug

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a biannual, peer-reviewed publication which draws together the different strands of academic research on the dead body and the production of human remains en masse, whether in the context of mass violence, genocidal occurrences or environmental disasters. Inherently interdisciplinary, the journal publishes papers from a range of academic disciplines within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Human Remains and Violence invites contributions from scholars working in a variety of fields and interdisciplinary research is especially welcome.

Building High-tech Castles in the Air?

disasters are a good example of this. Even on a smaller scale, one has only to look to mass-casualty incidents in well-resourced settings. Much as plans and protocols may be in place, the need and requirement of the circumstance pushes the limits of capacity, and therefore it is necessary for healthcare (in needing to deliver the most for the most) to focus much more heavily and widely on the rudimentary stages of casualty management and triage. Certainly, the return to ‘normal’ in well

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On 25 September 1911 the battleship Liberté exploded in Toulon harbour. This tragedy is just one of the many disasters that the French fleet suffered at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries and also represents the peak of these calamities, since it is undoubtedly the most deadly suffered by a French Navy ship in peacetime. The aim of this article is to study how the navy managed this disaster and the resulting deaths of service personnel, which were all the more traumatic because the incident happened in France’s main military port and in circumstances that do not match the traditional forms of death at sea.

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Monstrosity, Ecocriticism and Socio-Political Anxieties in Two Sea Narratives

This article analyses two recent American rewritings of the Leviathan myth: Dan Simmons‘s The Terror (2007) and Tim Curran‘s Leviathan (2013). Belonging to a tradition that has fruitfully elaborated the sea monster paradigm, both novels respond to current concerns about the spiritual and ethical decline of Western culture, the perils of anarchy, the monetarization of relations, and the impending ecological disasters. Besides exploring the biblical and Hobbesian intertextuality of the two novels, the article investigates various meanings coalescing into the scary creatures represented by Simmons and Curran. Two other objects of scrutiny are the increasing spectacularization of horror in todays literature and the potentiality of nautical Gothic, a form of writing that connotes the sea as a perturbing generator of psychoontological distress.

Gothic Studies

transferring meaning and cultural encodings from one language/cultural system to another, in written, oral or signed modes, before, during or after a crisis. We focus on humanitarian crises: situations of large-scale social disruption and elevated risks for health and well-being due to armed conflict, disaster or epidemic, and where population needs far exceed local capacities. Translation in humanitarian response settings is thus one category of crisis translation. Crisis translation plays a

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