2016 Graduate Student Conference

Death, Dying, and the Undead: (Re)Envisioning Death and Religion

Keynote Speaker: Caitlin Doughty (The Order of the Good Death)

What is the relationship between religion and death? How does religion conceptualize death? Does the broadening of death as a concept to include non-humans facilitate a reconceptualization of the category within the academic study of religion?

The Graduate Religious Studies Association at Indiana University invites paper proposals for its 2016 graduate student conference, “Death, Dying, and the Undead: (Re)Envisioning Death and Religion”.

The goal of this year’s conference is to continue, critique, and extend classic discourses on death within the field of Religious Studies and to provoke deeper considerations of our categories and theories. Considering death from perspectives not usually found in Religious Studies will problematize traditional conversations regarding religion and death in an effort by the department to push the boundaries of these concepts. This conference intends an interdisciplinary discussion of the intersections between religion and death. We will provoke classic notions of religion and death with new scholarship.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8th

1:30PM: OPENING REMARKS Dept. Chair Prof. Winnifred Sullivan [GISB 1128]

2:00PM: [DEAD] BODIES PANEL PRESENTATION
Peter Gunderman [Duke/IU], David Allen Lyimo [Notre Dame], Naomi Worth [UVA]
with Prof. Sarah Imhoff responding

5:30PM: CAITLIN DOUGHTY KEYNOTE ADDRESS w/Q&A [BH310]

SATURDAY, APRIL 9th

[All Events held in GISB 1100]

9:00AM: CAITLIN DOUGHTY DISCUSSION SESSION

10:00AM: DEATH EXEMPLARS PANEL PRESENTATION
Danielle Delano [Chicago], Ben Priest [IU], & Jessica Stilwell [McGill]
with Prof. Sonia Velázquez responding

12:30PM: TECHNOLOGIES OF THE DEAD SELF PANEL PRESENTATION
Brian Hillman [IU] & Paul Saieg [Notre Dame]
with Prof. Constance Furey responding

2:15PM: DEATH NARRATIVES PANEL PRESENTATION
Michael Asher Hammett [Columbia], Simona Lazzerini [Columbia], & Andrew Monteith [IU]
with Prof. Cooper Harriss responding

3:45PM: ANIMALS IN DEATH PANEL PRESENTATION
Jonathan Sparks-Franklin [IU], Prof. Susan Zinner [IUNW], & Prof. Lisa Sideris

5:00PM: CLOSING REMARKS Prof. Michael Ing

 

GISB: Global and International Studies Building & BH: Ballantine Hall

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contact us at: iugradconf@gmail.com