Traces and Faces of Necropolitics

An Urgent Conversation

Thursday, 20, and Friday, 21 April 2023 - 5pm

Free, until full capacity is reached

Sabatini Auditorium
144 people
Guillermo Deisler, A los que mueren en la dictadura (To Those Who Die in the Dictatorship), 1987. Museo Reina Sofía
Guillermo Deisler, A los que mueren en la dictadura (To Those Who Die in the Dictatorship), 1987. Museo Reina Sofía

Anthropologists Francisco Ferrándiz and Rossana Reguillo engage in dialogue on the presence of necropolitics as a form of managing death and administering life in different territories and landscapes: from modern-day Mexico to Francoist Spain, passing through other places which, in being permanently subjected to extractivist violence, are known as sacrifice zones. 

From their respective investigations, Ferrándiz and Reguillo explore the relationship between the different forms of violence, broken bodies, graves, victims and narratives these necropolitics try to forget, criminalise and normalise, sharing their reflections, findings and proposals to take in death technologies and their impacts on the societies in which they are developed. 


Francisco Ferrándiz holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is head scientist at the Institute of Language, Literature and Anthropology from the Spanish National Research Council’s Centre of Human and Social Science (ILLA-CSIC CSIC), and a lecturer at different European and American universities. His publications span cultural studies, common religions, and visual, medical and body- and violence-based anthropology, with an emphasis on memory and social trauma. Furthermore, he is head researcher on the RDI Project The Politics of Memory in Contemporary Spain: Taking Stock of a Decade of Exhumations.  

Rossana Reguillo holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the Centre of Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology at the University of Guadalajara. Her work, which straddles research and activism, specialises in studies of youth, the city as a social space and fear as a social construct. She is a research professor emerita at the Western Technological Institute of Higher Education, a UNESCO lecturer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and part of the Andrés Bello Chair at New York University. Her publications most notably include Horizontes fragmentados: comunicación, cultura, pospolítica. El (des) orden global y sus figuras (Iteso, 2008), Paisajes insurrectos: jóvenes, redes y revueltas en el otoño civilizatorio (NED Ediciones, 2017) and, more recently, Necromáquina. Cuando morir no es suficiente (NED Ediciones, 2021).


Thursday, 20 April 2023 – 5pm
Necromachine: Looking at Atrocities
— Conducted by Rossana Reguillo. Commentary by Francisco Ferrándiz
Friday, 21 April 2023 – 5pm
Subtierro (Below Ground) as a Necropolitical Device
— Conducted by Francisco Ferrándiz. Commentary by Rossana Reguillo