Dying, Death and the Politics of After-Death in Africa (PDF)

Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi

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This book is the outcome of a major conference initiated and organized at University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2013 by Society for Research and Promotion of Igbo Culture, The Art Republic, and Death Studies Association of Nigeria, in association with the School of General Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka and with the support of Institute Française de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA), Ibadan. The selected essays from the conference published in this anthology dwell on how death and culture shape each other in some Nigerian communities. The essays cover issues in thanatology, dying, death, and the politics of the otherworld. Combining interests in mortuary acts and arts, the book images death as an agent for symbolic actions, extra-ordinary creative acts and the access road to ancestrality.

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October 2019

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Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi holds a PhD in Art History (2014) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He was a Visiting Professor at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan in 2008 and was a Japan Foundation Fellow in Hokkaido in 2009. A polyvalent artist of superlative merit, he is cur-rently Associate Professor, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and coordinator of the Death Studies Association of Nigeria.
Chidi Ugwu has a background in sociocultural anthropology, with a PhD in medical anthropology. He teaches anthropology and social research methods in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and guest-lectures in the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health.
Dr. Christian O. Agbo is a lecturer in Humanities Unit, School of General Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a parallel lecturer in Philosophy Department of the same university. His specialty is in epistemology and philosophy of science. His other areas of interest are philosophy of development, death studies and African indigenous knowledge.