**The Call for Papers is Now Closed**
Death and the Maiden has long been an artistic genre in the West, with its roots in the Dance Macabre tradition. In c.1426, the English poet and Benediction monk, John Lydgate, adapted the Parisian cycle to include women with those taken away by a skeletal death, and in c.1495, the German painter and printmaker, Albrecht Dürer, engraved a distinctly male death ravishing a young woman. But women’s connection with death go far deeper than the subject of art, for in the Greek and Roman times, it was a woman’s job to close the corpses eyes and mouth; indeed across time and space women have typically been the layers-out of the deceased.
From the practical to the representational, this interdisciplinary conference which is collaboration between the Death & the Maiden, and Dr Christina Welch of the University of Winchester, seeks to draws widely on the connections between death and women, examining, exploring, and celebrating the intimate relationship between Death and the Maiden.
Papers are invited that broadly address the theme of death and the maiden in the following suggested areas:-
† Death, women and art (broadly defined)
† Gender and death
† Religion, women and mortality
† Women as death professionals
† Death, gender and activism
† Gender and end-of-life care
Papers, posters and workshops are welcomed from established scholars, early career researchers, postgraduate students, artists, activists, performers, and practitioners, and can include works in progress.
Presentations should be in English, and will be allocated 20 minutes with a further 10 minutes for discussion. Workshops will be allocated 60 mins and will run on Sunday only.
Prospective participants are invited to submit abstracts of 200-250 words in Word (not in PDF). Proposals must include name, institutional affiliation (if relevant), a short bio (no more than 150 words), and an e-mail address.
Proposals for panel discussions (organised by the participants) will be considered.
Deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 19th May 2017