DEATH IN AMERICAN CULTURE: Papers are welcome on any aspect of American cultural responses to death. Paper proposals may be from any appropriate discipline and cover any historical period. General topic areas include but are not limited to the following:
Attitudes toward and practices relating to death, including the medicalization of death, the social construction of death, death in art and literature, funeral customs, the evolution of the funeral business and the cemetery, changing attitudes toward the dead body and its disposal, and burial and mourning practices.
Memorialization, including the history, iconography, or rhetoric of gravemarkers and memorials; regional and ethnic practices; and gender, class, and race in the cemetery.
The 2003 conference will be held November 7-9 in Wilmington, DE, at the Wyndham Wilmington Hotel. Registration fees apply. Send 1-page proposal, brief CV, complete contact information including email, and AV needs by June 15, 2003 (by regular mail or email).
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