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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Death, Dying, and Beyond Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit was formed to address all manner of scholarly discussion relating to death. While death is the single certainty in every life, a myriad number of ways exist to study and approach it. Our aim is to provide an outlet for the scholarly discussion of all issues relating to death, the dying, the grieving, the dead, and the afterlife. We are open to all methodologies, religious traditions, and topics of inquiry.

Call for Papers: 

The Death, Dying, and Beyond Unit invites paper proposal submissions on:

● Death and Domesticity: Dying, Death & Corpses in the Home -
This session solicits papers that engage with the theme of dying, death, and disposal in the home, whether issues of gender and sexuality, ritual, aesthetics, food rituals, or the recent attention to conflicts between medical culture and the family. This call also pays attention to the recent 'death positive' movement, which seeks to make dying, death and grief a part of everyday domestic life. We are particularly interested in papers that attenuate the intersection between the domestic sphere and the realm of dying and death.

● Decolonizing Corpses (Co-sponsored with Body and Religion Unit) -
This session could include the treatment, care, change, and handling of dying bodies and corpses across generations and borders.

● Death, Dying and Climate Change (Co-sponsored with the Religion and Ecology Unit) -
Proposals could address the United Nations’ recent climate change report, dying environments or habitats, species extinction, deforestation, natural disasters, etc.

● Legality of Death (Co-sponsored with the Law, Religion, and Culture Unit) -
This session welcomes submissions on aid-in-dying, government intervention in the dying process, religious law (very broadly defined), international and national perspectives on laws regarding death and dying, as well as laws governing body disposition.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee