6th Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Dying and Death
Monday 3rd November - Wednesday 5th November 2008
Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and publications project aims to create a forum for examining the links between living and dying, and some of the contradictions and paradoxes that arise in our attitudes to death.
Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are warmly invited on any of the following indicative themes (or their combinations):
1. Kinds of Deaths: for instance, euthanasia, abortion, suicide, homicide, neonatal and infant death, accidents, natural disasters, sudden death, terminal illness/death, capital punishment, acts of terrorism; death of a child, parent, spouse.
2. Philosophical, Ethical and Religious Issues in Dying and Death: the nature of dying and death (e.g. does an aborted foetus die?); philosophies of dying and death; grounds for justifying and/or condoning death (e.g., suicide, euthanasia); the difference between seeking death and facing death bravely. When is living to be feared more than death - or vice versa? Facing, or even choosing, death in order to kill others. Concepts of afterlife and their influence on the dying, theologies of death, near death experiences; faith and secularism in death rituals; the role of hope, expiation and forgiveness.
3. Bereavement: grief, loss and anger; ‘models' and theories of grief and their adequacy with respect to different kinds of deaths; can grief be shared? Grief counselling and grief therapy; forms of remembrance, sites of remembrance, what do they reveal and what might they conceal?
4. The Representation of Dying and Death: art, all forms of literature, cinema, music, radio and television; death and dying in children's literature; children's concepts of mortality, violence and death.
5. Contradictions and Paradoxes: examples may include sudden death Vs our ability or desire to postpone death; horror at genocide Vs our appetite for films about ending lives in violent ways; respect for horror and grief Vs the tendency to wallow in their “mediatised” forms; terrorism Vs warfare; being informed Vs being de-sensitised by the media.
6. Technology, Dying and Death: the impact of advances in medical technology; social expectations of medical possibilities; the double-edged sword - technology as helper Vs technology as killer (e.g.; lethal injection, vaginal aspiration, gas chambers).
7. The Management of Dying and Death: Hospitals and the limits of responsibility, e.g. (the imposition of) intensive care and aggressive treatment for dying patients; unacknowledged euthanasia; ageing and dying; care homes or waiting rooms for death; the hospice movement; limits to the humanising of death; whose decisions?
8. Legal Issues in Dying and Death: legal definitions of death, court rulings and decisions, the right to die, natural death and brain death statutes, advance directives and living wills; organ donation, organ transplantation; who ‘owns’ the corpse?
Papers are also sought for special sessions which will be held in common with another research project running at the same time entitled "The Patient". When submitting your abstract, please specify clearly whether you would like your paper to be considered for a joint session presentation. Papers submitted for joint sessions must be explicitly inter- or multi-disciplinary in nature and/or show where the possibilities for inter-disciplinary research and engagement could be developed.
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 20th June 2008. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be developed and submitted by Friday 10th October 2008. The draft paper should be no more than 8 or 9 pages long and ready for a 20 minute (maximum) presentation during the conference.
If interested in participating, 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to all three Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information in this order: author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and respond to all paper or panel proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
School of Sociology
The University of New South Wales
Priory House, Freeland
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Laura Schwarz-Kipp Professor Emeritus of Professional Ethics and Philosophy of Practice and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Tel-Aviv University, Israel
The conference is part of the ‘Making Sense Of:’ research projects, which in turn belong to the ‘Probing the Boundaries’ programmes of ID.Net. We aim to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers will be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume.
For further details about the project please visit:
For further details about the conference please visit:
Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire. OX29 8HR
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