Fellows' Presentation

Death, Mobility, and the Moral Imaginary in South Africa

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Part of the 2011–2012 Fellows' Presentation Series.

Rebekah Lee will use her fellowship to develop her second book, on death and memory in modern South Africa. This study seeks to treat the evolution of perceptions and practices around death as a window into the everyday lives and anxieties of ordinary Africans. Through an interdisciplinary approach combining archival research with oral historical and ethnographic techniques, this work explores the manifold consequences of dying in an increasingly mobile and interconnected world.