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CFP: Dying at the Margins: A critical exploration of Material-Discursive Perspectives to Death and D

Published May 07, 2019

Organizers: Natashe Lemos Dekker (University of Amsterdam and Leiden University Medical Center) and Jesse D Peterson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Place: Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Division of History of Science, Technology, and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Dates: September 26-27, 2019

Through this workshop, we strive to connect scholars working in the medical and environmental humanities and the social sciences, providing a venue to put into conversation research that explores how dying “bodies”—animal (including human), plant, thing, place—challenge natural, normative, and notions of a “good” death. The workshop will feature two guest speakers and opportunity to review and revise your work for publication. Lunch, coffee, and one dinner will be provided for the participants during the workshop. If possible, some applicants may get partial travel reimbursement.

We encourage applications from scholars whose research practices consider feminist and queer studies, new materialism and waste, plant and animal studies, non-western or indigenous studies, and/or death studies. Guiding questions for applicants include:

  • What boundary work takes place to construct and maintain the categories of alive, not-alive, dead, dying, and undead for places, objects, and beings?
  • What might it mean to reconfigure human understanding of death to a more ecological frame that accommodates more-than-human lives and/or deep time?
  • How might the memories, spirits, or spiritualities related to the dead and dying limit, expand, or explode a material-discursive frame?
  • How do states and processes of acquiescing to, existing in between, manipulating, or overcoming life and/or death affect normative assumptions about dying and death?
  • How do such challenges alter ethical approaches or values attached to dying and death?

Deadline for abstracts (250 words) is June 5, 2019. Please email your abstract and a short biography (100 words) to Natashe Lemos Dekker ( ) and Jesse Peterson ( ). Notifications of acceptance will be sent on June 11, 2019 or shortly thereafter.

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