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What links us to the defunct is a regime of obligations and codes. We respect them. Probably because those who treat well the defunct have asked themselves the question: what will await me? But there is more to it than only treating well the corpse. Vinciane Despret found a great inventiveness in the way we treat the dead. An incredible talent and humor comes about in the homage ceremonies, people can suddenly write much better than normally. As a link with shrinking and expanding the human, we are shrunken facing our dead - it shows that we are not all that modern after all - and it also expands us because it shows us how sensible we are to ‘our invisibles’. According to Despret, the link with her work on our relations with animals, it that to say that the dead have a life, that people in the 21st century have a talent to speak to invisible beings, is also quite subversive. The second link is that we they are beings that need to be represented, who can’t speak for themselves.

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  • Vinciane Despret

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21/11/2015

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Musée de l’Homme, Paris

est philosophe et chercheuse à l’Université de Liège. Elle travaille depuis une vingtaine d’années sur la question animale et les relations avec les morts.

— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

est philosophe et chercheuse à l’Université de Liège. Elle travaille depuis une vingtaine d’années sur la question animale et les relations avec les morts.

— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

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