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

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Natashe Dekker <[log in to unmask]>

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*CALL FOR PAPERS*



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



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



Place: Division of History of Science, Technology, and Environment, KTH
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Dates: September 26-27, 2019



*For a full description of the CFP see further below.*



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 (
[log in to unmask]) and Jesse Peterson ([log in to unmask]). Notifications of
acceptance will be sent on June 11, 2019 or shortly thereafter.





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

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



Death is often assumed to arrive when heart and lungs stop. Yet, sometimes
the borders between life and death are unclear.  Death, then, may get
interrupted, delayed, or come undone, disrupting the “natural” and “normal”
forms of a “good” death. We acknowledge such disruptions as material and
discursive; that is, bodies, minds, geographies, stories, and more act to
challenge human perspectives on how people, animals, plants, or things
ought to die and where and how the dead ought to be laid to rest. Suddenly,
what seemed coherent no longer is, in the breakdown or dissolution of that
which is dying but also in the way one orders worlds and afterworlds.



This workshop, thus, seeks to explore socio-ecological networks of the
dying and dead that exist at the margins. We see tantalizing glimpses of
this endeavor in the work of Achille Mbembe’s notion of “necro-politics”
that explores the instrumentalization and material destruction of the
human, Philip R. Olson’s “necro-waste” that looks at the human body as a
form of material waste, and Joshua Reno’s work on the biosemiotics of shit
as a “sign of life.” Such work invites us to pursue and further identify
ways to explore and establish connections between dying and death from
perspectives that refute a nature/culture binary—to ask questions such as:



·        What boundary work takes place to construct and maintain the
categories of alive, not-alive, dead, dying, and undead for places,
objects, and beings?

·        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?

·        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 such challenges alter ethical approaches or values attached
to dying and death?



Through this workshop, we hope to build a bridge between 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.  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.



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



We are happy to announce that Philip R. Olsen and Marietta Radomska will
give keynote lectures and participate in the workshop. Participants will be
asked to submit their papers by Aug 31. These will be pre-circulated to all
participants and each paper assigned a discussant. Papers do not need to be
finished articles, but can take the form of a think piece of up to 6 pages.
We ask all participants to read all contributions beforehand to ensure
in-depth discussion. During the workshop, each participant will pitch their
work, followed by another participant who will act as a discussant, and who
will pose remarks and questions. All participants will be allocated a text
to discuss.



The workshop will be held at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in
Stockholm on September 26-27, 2019. A workshop dinner will take place on
the night of the 26th. Lunch, and coffee will also be provided free of
charge during the workshop. We may be able to offer partial travel
reimbursement for some applicants.

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