We're now a member-driven learning collective. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a founding member.

Corpse, Cadaver, or Carcass? Dead Bodies and the Making of Race


Despite the vast array of different cultural practices and beliefs surrounding death, at least one thing stands out as universal among all known societies and perhaps throughout all of human history: no society has ever regarded the dead body as meaningless material. We all, it seems, have a deep need to tend to our dead. Yet, precisely because of this shared ubiquitous value, the dead body has served as a site of power, oppression, and resistance.

In this Olio, we will discuss the history of the dead body in America with a particular focus on the life of such bodies in the Old South. For all nineteenth-century Americans the treatment of the corpse served as a site for embodying social identity. Yet, for folks living amidst chattel slavery, where the racial body marked one as free or enslaved, the dead body was a thing fraught with struggle, and a site where racial ideologies were built and contested.




Location: Round K

99 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Round K is a New Coffee Shop at 99 Allen St. with a Korean twist.


Other upcoming Olios


Apr 24

The Problem of Evil

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Sign Up - $15

May 4

Wakanda Forever: Rethinking Killmonger as Villain

Taught by Makeba Lavan
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

May 11

The Myth of Progress: Our Most Violent Fantasy

Taught by Jamie Warren
8 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

May 14

Kafka Will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About It

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery

Sign Up - $15

May 18

Wait...Where is the Right to Privacy in the US Constitution, Exactly?

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

May 25

Happiness?

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


Find out when we launch new classes!