De/Constituting WholesTowards Partiality Without PartsVienna: Turia + Kant, 2017
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Cite as: Eirini Avramopoulou, ‘Claims of Existence between Biopolitics and Thanatopolitics’, in De/Constituting Wholes: Towards Partiality Without Parts, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Manuele Gragnolati, Cultural Inquiry, 11 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2017), pp. 67–84 <>

Claims of Existence between Biopolitics and ThanatopoliticsEirini Avramopoulou

Keywords: Biopolitics; Transgender men; Gezi movement, Turkey 2013; Queer activism; LGBT people; Death; Memory <remembrance>; Trauma; Displacement



I will focus on the story of Ali, a transgender activist friend, who was fighting against transphobia, his illness, and eventual death — during the 2013 public uprisings in Istanbul. Focusing on both the historic moment and this personal story, I ask: what happens when bodies assemble to protest, resist, and lay claim to an-other vision of liveable death, as well as life?


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