This inclusive interdisciplinary event aims to explore the connections between health care systems at work across the world, matters of public, social and legal policy, caregivers and care providers, and people (‘patients’) who strive to make sense of suffering and find themselves at the end-of-life. The meeting specifically aims to consider how health care systems, patients and staff intersect and interact during hospice and palliative care interventions. Attention will be given to illuminating the importance of what takes place in the relationship between the caregiver/provider and the person/patient and the ways in which this informs end-of-life issues and decisions. Understanding the frameworks these create for shaping the experiences of people who are suffering and nearing the end of their lives, especially within hospice and palliative care contexts, will also be assessed and explored. We are interested in exploring the intersections between the medical, the social and the personal.
As hospice and palliative care strives to address and mitigate suffering, a further aim of the meeting is to assesses whether, and to what extent, meaning can be found in suffering. During the course of living our lives, we are invariably forced to stop and question why we suffer – be it through illness, pain, loss, grief or the multitude of distressing circumstances which we encounter. Problems arise in a variety of contexts and due to a bewildering variety of conditions. And because our lives are constant streams of experience, the nature of suffering and consequently the “meaning” of such suffering continually varies and changes.
The meeting will also investigate how culture impacts care for those suffering and/or dying, along with how the dead are remembered. Over the past three decades, research in thanatology has increased dramatically. As a result, we are seeking a broad array of perspectives that explore, analyze, and/or interpret the myriad interrelations and interactions that exist between death and culture. Culture not only presents and portrays ideas about “a good death” and norms that seek to achieve it, culture also operates as both a vehicle and medium through which meaning about death is communicated and understood. Sadly, too, culture sometimes facilitates death through violence.
The Advisory Group welcomes the submission of proposals for papers, short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We also welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.
Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Care at the End of Life project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Evil Spaces, Wicked Places. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.
What to Send
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 14th August 2015.
All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 28th August 2015.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 11th December 2015.
Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Care at the End of Life Abstract Submission
Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:
Nate Hinerman: email@example.com
Rob Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org