Date: 10/29/2014

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum (424 A 3rd Ave., Brooklyn)

Price: $8 in advance

In order to understand what’s so special about Day of the Dead, or the Days of The Dead, as Claudio Lomnitz calls them, it is essential to examine Mexico’s troubled past, from the time of the Conquest to the emergence of the modern Mexican State in the 20th century. In this lecture, professor Lomnitz will provide us with a glance into said past. The lecture is based on Lomnitz’s book (available for sale and signing at the Museum) “Death and the Idea of Mexico,” the first social, cultural, and political history of death in a nation that has made death its tutelary sign. Based on a wide range of sources —from missionary testimonies to newspaper cartoons, from masterpieces of artistic vanguards to accounts of public executions and political assassinations—”Death and the Idea of Mexico” moves beyond the limited methodology of traditional historiographies of death to probe the depts. Of a people and a country whose fearless acquaintance with death shapes the very terms of their social compact.

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