Call for papers

International Conference
Heritage of Death: Landscapes, Sentiment and Practice

An international conference organized by Department of Ethnology – Stockholm University, CHAMP/Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy – University of Illinois.
We all face it. It is the greatest of the life crises and since time immemorial all human societies have devised ways to cope with and explain death. Around the world death is being reconceptualized as heritage, replete with material markers and intangible performances. These heritages of death are personal, national, international and global. They are vernacular as well as official, sanctioned and alternative. The heritage of death has religious, political, economic, cultural, and aesthetic aspects as well. This conference explores the many dimensions of death as heritage.

Among the topics for consideration at this conference are:
• cemeteries; architecture of death (at private and public scale); Day of the Dead and other celebrations
• conflict and conflict reconciliation; legacy of war and catastrophes; battlefields
• memorials; commemoration; heritage of death as popular culture death rituals; pilgrimage
• dark tourism; treatment of human remains; exhibiting death at museums

Keynote Speaker
Mike Robinson (Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, UK)

Abstracts should be 100-150 words. Include your name, affiliation, and email. Submit by email to:
Abstract Deadline April 15, 2015.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 1, 2015.

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