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CDAS Conference 2013 CFP: New Economies of Death: the commodification of dying, the dead body, and bereavement

CDAS Conference 2013
New Economies of Death: the commodification of dying, the dead body, and bereavement

29-30 June 2013
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, Bath


The 2013 CDAS conference will explore the constantly evolving relationship between commodification and human death. We are interested in papers and presentations that examine the commodity values (real, speculative, historical, and contemporary) attached to the following themes:

Physical and conceptual understandings of death

The dying process and care of the dying

Tissue Economies (Waldby and Mitchell, etc.) and the buying and selling of dead bodies, body parts and tissues

Cultural resistance to commodification in the market for human goods

Dead body donation for medical schools and anatomical research; the gift relationship

Organ markets, both government operated and blackmarket

Consumer costs for funerals, dying, and memorialisation

New critiques of capitalism and its relationship to death and dying as forms of labour

Future postmortem economies built around life extension

The capitalisation of digital spaces for memorialisation

The commodification of social networks, both real world and digital, that deal with death

Postmortem digital property rights and the next-of-kin relation

The Multitude (as discussed by Negri, Hardt, Casarino, etc.) as composed of both living and dead bodies

The aesthetic commodification of death, dying, and the dead body in film, literature, architecture, etc.

Media commodification of death and dying in television, print, and online

Political economies built around end of life care and the politics of death

Grief and bereavement as commodifiable human activities

Our aim is to bring together the fragmented research and knowledge in this area.

Twenty-minute multidisciplinary papers are invited from social scientists and death studies researchers; scholars of culture, media and literature; bioethicists; economists; historians; health and care professionals; computer scientists; consumer advocates; funeral directors; and members of all relevant industries. Abstracts (up to 250 words) to be emailed to cdas@bath.ac.uk by 11 March 2013.

The conference will be held in the centre of the world heritage city of Bath, in the amenable surroundings of the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute (car park nearby, Bath Spa station 10 minute walk, Bristol Airport 1 hour). The cost, £45 for a single day, £80 for the weekend, includes lunch and refreshments. There will be opportunities to socialise over a drink on Friday evening or meal on Saturday evening (neither included in price). There is plentiful accommodation nearby, which delegates need to arrange for themselves. Contact Visit Bath who will be happy to help you with your arrangements.

Booking is now open for the Conference, just visit:

You can pay online with a credit card, complete the booking and send a cheque, or request an invoice. Please note that invoices will incur a £5 admin fee.

Please check our Facebook page, or Twitter (@cendeathsociety) for updates.

Web Page: www.bath.ac.uk/cdas/news/conferences/index.html

Contact: cdas@bath.ac.uk

Document: ASDS-event-CFP CDAS 2013 FINAL.doc

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