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From Félicien de Heusch

The Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM) and the ERC funded projet "Migration and Transnational Social Protection in (post) crisis Europe" (MiTSoPro) are delighted to announce the last publication of REMI journal "COVID-19, migrations et parcours. Des mobilités aux prismes de l’immobilité : paradoxes et réalités" and the co-authored paper by Félicien de Heusch, Carole Wenger and Jean-Michel Lafleur (2022):

"États et diasporas face à la mort en migration : une analyse comparée des cas sénégalais et tunisien avant et pendant la pandémie de la COVID-19"

You can get free access to the paper until october 19th here:

The Abstract in English:

How do states of origin and their diasporas position themselves in relation to the “right” to body repatriation? By articulating the literature on “death and migration” with the corpus on diasporas and transnationalism, this paper analyzes the relationship between emigrants and the authorities of their country of origin through the prism of death. This study is based on a comparative survey of body repatriation policies in twelve states and on ethnographic fieldwork on the mobilization of Senegalese and Tunisian emigrants' associative networks around the “right” to body repatriation before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. By proposing the notion of a double rejection of “COVID bodies” by the States of residence and origin during the pandemic, this article mobilizes the concept of moral economy in the analysis of diaspora policies.

From Linda Haapajärvi

Brill is going to publish a handbook on contemporary death rituals in Europe. The project team is interested in the case of death in migration and looking for few more articles. Please find the information (link) on the planned publication. If you are working with the concept of rituality and interested in the project, you are encouraged to contact the editors directly. Please note that the articles have a limit of 6000 words and the first versions are expected to be received in September.


Dorothea Lüddeckens, University of Zurich, Switzerland (

Brenda Mathijssen, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (

Terhi Utriainen, University of Helsinki, Finland (

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