Author Archives: Mathias Thaler

About Mathias Thaler

Mathias Thaler is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Edinburgh. His latest book is Naming Violence: A Critical Theory of Genocide, Torture and Terrorism (Columbia University Press 2018). Thaler has also published essays in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Political Theory and Review of Politics, amongst others.

Dead bodies (do not) matter

Edinburgh, October 2018 From migrants facing death at borders around the world, to the different chapters of the “War on Terror,” to the politics of post-genocide, our era seems to be marked by the constant politicisation of death. Social and physical death are increasingly intertwined in various spectacles of horror. Clearly, not all deaths are treated equally. Trenchant questions remain over what kinds of death are deemed morally, political and legally significant; and what kinds of death are rendered visible or invisible, and with what Continue reading →