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Death, Dying and Beyond Unit invites paper proposals on the following topics:

The Death, Dying, and Beyond Unit invites paper proposals on the themes of space, place and death. This could include a variety of topics and issues surrounding COVID; mourning and ritualizing death from a distance; displacement and placelessness in death and dying; poverty and inequity in death and dying.

The Death, Dying and Beyond and the Human Enhancement and Transhumanism Units invite paper proposals for a cosponsored panel on the intersection and paradoxical connection between the technological advancements in regards to extending and maintaining human life and the accompanying increase in the use of technology to create space/platforms for mourning practices and expressions of grief. Are humans immortalized by and through these technologies? If so, how? How do these technologies affect the experience and expression of grief? How do these technologies affect perceptions of the afterlife or the beyond? How does transhumanism as an emerging field speak to, intersect with, affect death and dying studies? Ethics within death and dying? How has/might religious practice change to incorporate technology (e.g. especially if you exist forever within an online platform)?


Mission Statement:

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.

Method of Submission:




Candi K. Cann, candi_cann@baylor.edu

Amy Defibaugh, amy.defibaugh@temple.edu


Steering Committee:

John Borchert, jwborche@syr.edu

Beverley Foulks McGuire, bevfoulks@gmail.com

Rachael Ward, WardRachaelM@ctsnet.edu 


Session Allotment: Tier 1 – Two 90-minute sessions

Next Review: 2021