TUCEMEMS: Death in Theory Workshop


17.5.2019 klo 10.00 - 16.00
Welcome to the Death in Theory Workshop organised by the Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS). Death brings to light the methods of disposing or pre-serving the corpse. These methods are part of a system which provides meaning for death itself. Although death is a biological process, it is at the same time a phenomenon of cultural, social, religious and philosophical significance. Death in Theory Workshop addresses ques-tions like, what kind of conceptual framework, terminology and methodology are needed in studying death? Moreover, how do they affect the analysis of historical or prehistorical death? While the workshop presents the multidisciplinary nature of current death studies, it also enables essential dialogue and cooperation between these various fields. The language of the workshop is English.

Venue: Aikala room (Sirkkala Campus, Historicum Building, II floor)

10:00 Welcoming words
10:20—12:00 First session (Visa Helenius, Agita Misane, Terhi Rintamäki, Mia Korpiola)
11:30—12:00 General discussion
12:00—13:00 Lunch break
13:00—15:00 Second session (Kaarina Koski, Sanna Lipkin, Ilona Pajari, Ulnor Uotila, Auli Bläuer, Ulla Moilanen)
15:00—16:00 Coffee, workshop and closing remarks

Contributors and topics:
Auli Bläuer (Zooarchaeology, Natural Resources Institute Finland): “Identification and depo-sition of burnt human bone remains in Finnish prehistory”
Visa Helenius (Philosophy, University of Turku): “Lucretius and Death Anxiety: A Contempo-rary Perspective”
Mia Korpiola (Laws, University of Turku): “Death and Law - Legal Historical Perspectives”
Kaarina Koski (Folkloristics, University of Helsinki): “Mind and matter in ritual practice”
Sanna Lipkin (Archaeology, University of Oulu): “Reproducing death and humanity”
Agita Misane (Sociology of Religion, Riga Stradins University): “Death, Afterlife and Lifeworld – the Classical Social Constructionist Approach”
Ulla Moilanen (Archaeology, University of Turku): “Deviant burials - what are they?”
Ilona Pajari (Social history, University of Jyväskylä): “Death studies in history – applied and original approaches”
Terhi Rintama¨ki (Sociology, University of Lapland): “I disappear”
Ulnor Uotila (Archaeology, University of Turku): “Ancestor Belief – Traveling Concept be-tween Finnish National Sciences”

Organisers and contact persons:
Ulnor Uotila (ulnor.uotila@utu.fi) and Ulla Moilanen (ullamoilanen1@gmail.com)
Ulnor Uotila