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The Language of Dying: Deconstructing the End of Life Across Languages & Disciplines

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Organizer: Lakshmi Krishnan

Co-Organizer: Daniel Marchalik

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This seminar aims to bring together scholars from different disciplines interested in end of life issues. How are death and dying represented across literary forms, in different cultures and languages? What practices construct and deconstruct these dynamic processes? What is the impact of genre, syntax, and metaphor on our understanding of mortality and end of life?
We encourage papers that examine fictional representations in literature, the visual arts, film, photography, and mixed media as well as project that use critical theory to shed light on end of life studies.
Papers might examine death in literature and philosophy, but may equally delve into the history of palliative care or historiography of psychedelic drugs in hospice medicine. They may access topics of aging and morbidity, frailty, grief and bereavement, and pain or trauma. All theoretical approaches welcome.
We are particularly keen to highlight comparative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary approaches to the topic and thus invite scholars who work at the crossroads of literature, philosophy, bioethics, history, anthropology, sociology, death studies, critical race theory, gender & sexuality studies, biomedical science, or practitioners who work on these issues.   
Please send 250-300 word proposals through the ACLA portal by September 20.

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