Ai Weiwei – Soleil Levant, 2017, life jackets in front of windows of facade, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017, photo: Public Delivery

   Thanatic Ethics: The Circulation of Bodies in Migratory Spaces



    Project PI:

    Dr.Bidisha Banerjee, Associate Professor and Director, CPCH, The Education
    University of Hong  Kong



    Project Co-Is:

    Dr. Judith Misrahi-Barak, Associate Professor, EMMA, Universite Paul Valery
    Montpellier 3, France
    Dr. Thomas Lacroix, Director of Research, Maison Francaise d’Oxford

All Chinese contemplate returning … They must be buried in celestial soil. Their superstition and their religion is that there is no approach to the heavenly and celestial realm except from the Celestial kingdom. The spirits of those who are buried here wander in darkness throughout the ages, separated from their ancestors, which is a serious bereaval [sic] to them. Therefore, when they come to this country they intend to return … they enter into a contract that if they die pending their contract their bodies shall be returned to China.


— Elizabeth Sinn, ‘Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong’, 2013