Death: the Cultural Meaning of the End of Life (Leiden, 24-25 Jan 13)Leiden University, Netherlands, January 24 - 25, 2013

Death: the Cultural Meaning of the End of Life (Leiden, 24-25 Jan 13)
Leiden University, Netherlands, January 24 - 25, 2013
Deadline: Nov 15, 2012
Leiden University Graduate Conference "Death: the Cultural Meaning of the End of Life"

Death is a defining factor in the explorations of our subjectivity, art, history, politics, and many other aspects of our social interactions and perceptions of the world. In the modern age, conceptions of death have continued to shift and evolve, yet our
perceptions are still fueled by an instinctive fear of the end of life.

The deadline for proposals is 15 November, 2012. You will be notified whether or not your paper has been
selected by 1 December, Further details will be available
online in the Fall.

The organizing committee:
Odile Bodde
Maarten Jansen
David Louwrier
Jenny Weston

As with the previous LUCAS Graduate Conference (2011), a selection of
papers will be published in the conference proceedings. For those who
attend the conference, there will be a registration fee of €45 to cover
the cost of lunches, coffee breaks, and other conference materials.
Unfortunately we cannot offer financial support at this time.

If you have any questions regarding the conference and/or the
proposals, please do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee

Despite our attempts to shut-out death or overcome its inevitability,
the end of life has remained a visible and unavoidable aspect of our
society. From antiquity to the present day, perceptions of death have
been represented through various different mediums: visual culture,
art, literature, music, historical writing, cinema, religious symbols,
national anniversaries, and public expressions of mourning.

This conference aims to explore how death has been represented and
conceptualized, from classical antiquity to the modern age, and the
extent to which our perceptions and understandings of death have
changed (or remained the same) over time. The wide scope of this theme
reflects the historical range of LUCAS's (previously called LUICD)
three research programs (Classics and Classical Civilization, Medieval
and Early Modern Studies and Modern and Contemporary Studies), as well
as the intercontinental and interdisciplinary focus of many of the
institute's research projects.

The LUCAS Graduate Conference welcomes papers from all disciplines
within the humanities. The topic of your proposal may address the
concept of death from a cultural, historical, classical, artistic,
literary, cinematic, political, economic, or social viewpoint.

Questions that might be raised include: How have different cultures
imagined the end of life? What is the role of art (literature, or
cinema) in cultural conceptions of death? How might historical or
contemporary conceptualizations of death be related to the construction
of our subjectivity and cultural identity? What is the cultural
meaning(s) of death? To what extent has modern warfare changed our
perceptions of death? How is death presented in the media and how has
this changed? In what ways has religion influenced our reflections on
death and the afterlife?

Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) to present a 20-minute paper to