Call For Papers - The Materiality of Mourning

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Call For Papers -The Materiality of Mourning

19-20 May 2016
Warwick University

The following text is a press release from CDAS Newsletter January 2016:

"Grief and bereavement are human constants, affecting all of us, across time, religions and cultures. Yet our responses to them are both emotionally and culturally conditioned, and can take a variety of forms. For historians, the remnants of past grief are often revealed to us through physical memorials: a tombstone, a carved epitaph, or a cherished possession which passes into the ownership of the bereaved. The physical object stands as a tangible remnant of embedded sets of relationships, emotions and desires which it is the job of the he historian to unpick.

This workshop sets out to explore the role of material objects and images in the processes of grief, mourning and commemoration, across a range of time periods and cultures. The aim is to open up awareness of the different ways of studying this material, allowing for cross-disciplinary insights which will deepen our understanding of both present and past societies, while allowing for the recognition of social and cultural differences. The network will draw together scholars from the Arts and Humanities, together with those working in other disciplines, especially the social sciences, to explore the importance of materiality in the experience of grief, mourning and remembrance. In particular, it seeks to draw together recent work in three separate areas, memory studies, the expression of emotion in historical societies, and research into the agency of material objects and images in order to inform our understanding of how objects and images work within different funerary cultures."

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 29 February 2016

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