HISTORIES OF DEATH: An International Symposium
19.2.2020 at 9.00 - 21.2.2020 at 19.00
Histories of Death-symposium: Our understandings of death come with long and complex histories, shaped by culture, place, time, power, and identities. This International Symposium delves into these many varied and interwoven Histories of Death. Death sets people into action, caring for the dying, the deceased, and the grieving in ways that range from the intimate to the professional. The Symposium brings researchers, artists, and activists together to engage in dialogue about the different ways people have approached death and mourning from everyday, cultural, and structural perspectives. Contributing to the interdisciplinary and rapidly growing field of Death Studies, historical analysis allows us to better understand how social factors — class, migrant background, and gender, among them — can result in unequal access to “good death” now, as in the past. Thinking historically lets us see how and why we have begun to move toward “death positivity,” alternative and ecological burial solutions, and new understandings of grief.