cfp Geographies of loss, grief and carrying on: the nexus of death, diversity and resilience

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016, London, August 30-September 2, 2016

Session sponsorship: Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG) and Geographies of Health and Wellbeing (GHWRG)

Session Conveners: Avril Maddrell (UWE), Charlotte Kenten (GOSH), Katie McClymont (UWE), Olivia Stevenson (Glasgow/UCL)

Building on a growing body of work on geographies of death, dying and remembrance (e.g. Evans 2014; Maddrell and Sidaway 2010; Stevenson et al 2016, Social and Cultural Geography), these sessions will explore the spatial dimensions of social, cultural, material and immaterial complexities of the nexus of human and non-human life-death, absence-presence, grieving-consolation.

Papers are invited from Geography, History, Planning, Design and related areas which are attentive to difference and diversity (Global South/ North, gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, age) and address critically-engaged, theoretical, empirical and methodological issues, including:

  • The physical, emotional, spiritual and virtual spaces and practices of living-dying, including life-shortening illnesses, suicide, survival, remembrance and consolation
  • Discursive and material spaces and boundaries of grievability, including non-human loss
  • Intersections of time-space in practices and performances of loss and resilience
  • Inclusive and exclusive deathscapes and practices
  • Policy and planning needs and responses in diverse and multicultural societies
  • Research methodologies, ethics and researcher care and resilience

If you are interested in giving a paper, please submit a title and 200 word abstract for consideration to o.stevenson@ucl.ac.uk by noon February 10th.

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