Appel à communication : “Designing Death: Fashioning ends of life and beyond”, panel de l’Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth Decennial Conference, Université d’Edimbourg, 19-22/06/2014 — LIMITE : 05/01/2014

This panel presents research from across disciplines and cultures to
discuss the many ways in which the legacy of the Enlightenment endures or
is challenged in funerary practices and expectations surrounding
end-of-life.

It could be argued that an enduring legacy of the Enlightenment is the
persistent ideological emphasis upon reason and individualism rather than
faith, tradition and emotion in Western public and cultural life. Such an
emphasis, always suspect, is thrown into particularly acute relief when
confronting mortality. This panel seeks to bring together scholars’ work
from across disciplines and cultures to discuss the many ways in which the
legacy of the Enlightenment endures or is challenged in funerary practices
and expectations surrounding end-of-life. The Enlightenment’s aim to reform
society through reason, to challenge ideas grounded in tradition and faith,
and advance knowledge through the scientific method can be exemplified by
various cultural designs of death; not least the development of cremation
and discourses surrounding suicide, euthanasia and organ donation amongst
many other examples. In speaking of *designing* death we are both alluding
to the agency of people in being creators of things or processes that are
fashioned in relation to death and dying, as well as what is culturally
*designed *through an encounter with mortality. And in the process of
designing an encounter with death, to what extent are beauty, order and
harmony qualities that are valued? How are encounters with death and dying
both products of the designer and the designed? And how does the legacy of
the Enlightenment endure or become obsolete in the process of designing
death or in the design itself? We actively encourage an engagement with
these questions from a diverse range of disciplinary, theoretical and
ethnographic perspectives.

Deadline for paper abstract submission is 5th January 2014

Paper abstracts of 250 words maximum submitted via the web link below.
For further information see:

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2758

Dr Hannah Rumble and Dr Arnar Arnason

(Dept. of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen)
drhannahrumble@GMAIL.COM



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Chargé de diffusion scientifique (2013, 28 novembre). Appel à communication : “Designing Death: Fashioning ends of life and beyond”, panel de l’Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth Decennial Conference, Université d’Edimbourg, 19-22/06/2014 — LIMITE : 05/01/2014. IISMM. Consulté le 23 mai 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/pxe4

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