About this Project
(Project duration: July 2014 - June 2015)
The Living Mortal Project was a broad interdisciplinary collaboration intended to engage with the profound questions surrounding death and catalyze substantive change in both scholarly investigation and cultural reception of mortality. Through primary qualitative research on cancer patients’ experiences of mortality; an innovative workshop series that brings together faculty from diverse disciplinary practices – from Medicine, Archaeology, Art History, Philosophy, and many more; and the creation of a new medical school curriculum module, The Living Mortal Project explored the various ways humans negotiate mortality and help prepare future doctors in a broadly humanistic model for the care of patients in the end of life.
Featuring performances by Kristiana Colón and Keith Warfield (Young Chicago Authors), the third Living Mortal Project workshop, "The Debt to the Dead," opened a democratic and experimental space in order to ask, what do we feel we owe to the dead?
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In the "Never Say Die: Euphemism & the Language of Death" collaborative workshop, the varieties, meanings, and uses of euphemism in talking (through both speech and sign)—and not talking—about death were explored. Read More >>
February 26, 2015
An interview with The Living Mortal Project fellow Jesse Soodalter, M.D.
February 3, 2014
From the impact of a new government health insurance program in India to the profound questions surrounding death and end-of-life care, the 15 new research projects supported by the Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago aim to provide new ways of studying some of the most complex questions facing contemporary society.
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