9th Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Dying and Death
Saturday 10th November – Monday 12th November 2012
Call For Papers:
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference explores dying and death and the ways culture impacts care for the dying, the overall experience of dying, and ways the dead are remembered. Over the past three decades, scholarship in thanatology has increased dramatically. This particular conference seeks a broad array of perspectives that explore, analyze, and/or interpret the myriad interrelations and interactions that exist between death and culture. Culture not only presents and portrays ideas about “a good death” and norms that seek to achieve it, culture also operates as both a vehicle and medium through which meaning about death is communicated and understood. Sadly, too, culture sometimes facilitates death through violence.
A key emphasis in this year’s conference will be an exploration of the connections between health care systems, caregivers, and matters of public policy that serve those at the end-of-life. This conference specifically aims to assess how heath care systems, patients, and staff intersect during end-of-life care, and explores how important the caregiver-patient relationship continues to be amidst end-of-life issues and decisions.
We also welcome submissions that produce conversations engaging historical, ethnographic, normative, literary, anthropological, philosophical, artistic, political or other terms that elaborate a relationship between death and culture.
Papers, reports, presentations, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues on or broadly related to any of the following themes:
1: Health Care Systems: Patients, Staff, and Institutions
* Modern Health Care Delivery Systems and Care for the Dying
* Palliative Care
* Elder Care/Ageing in Place Models
* Trauma and Emergency Care
* Nursing Homes/Skilled Facilities/Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs)/Assisted Living
* Clinical Competencies in Pain Management and Symptom Control
* Measurements, Incentives, Regulatory Statutes, and Recommendations
* Continuity of Care Across Treatment Settings
* Interdisciplinary Care
2: The Caregiver-Patient Relationship
* Caregiver’s (Physician’s?) Obligations and Virtues
* Medical Paternalism and Respect for the Patient, Autonomy
* Informed Consent
* Medicine in the West for a Multicultural Society
* Contested Therapies Within the Physician-Patient Relationship
* Conflicts of Interest; Problems of Conscience
* Caregiver Stress/Caregiver Burnout/Compassion Fatigue
* Being With Someone Who Is Dying
* Assessment Challenges/Barriers
3: End-of-Life Issues and Decisions
* Defining Death
* Organ Transplantation and Organ Donation
* The Interplay of Ethical Meta-Principles at the End of Life
* Death Anxiety
* Choosing Death
* Advance Directives/Advance Planning/Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatments (POLST)/Do Not Resuscitate
* Considering End-of-Life Issues and Decisions and Legislation
4: Relationships Between Death and Culture:
* broadcast media
* religious broadcasting
* comic books
* novels / poetry / short story
* print media
* internet / technology
* popular art / architecture
* sacred vs. profane space
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th May 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 3rd August 2012.
300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords
E-mails should be entitled: Care, Dying and the End of Life Abstract Submission
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline).Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Nursing/Theology and Religious Studies
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, USA
Freeland, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
The conference is part of the Making Sense Of: series of research projects, which in turn belong to the Probing the Boundaries programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.
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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.