Calendar of Events

past events

Death's Attractions
Thursday, May 21, 2015
We don’t always shun death—in many ways we are drawn towards it. From film noir’s death drive to the cycle of life and reincarnation, join us for an investigation of death’s diverse attractions.  

The Debt to the Dead
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The dead lay claims upon us, after they have gone. The third Living Mortal Project workshop asked, what do we feel we owe to the dead? How do we acquit these debts, to what benefit and at what cost to the living? With interdisciplinary perspectives ranging from the economics of funerary spending to the imperatives of grassroots political organizing, this discussion continued the collaborative work of thinking in new and fruitful ways about the problem of mortality.

The Imaginary Funeral: Image, Artifact, & the Work of Mourning
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sarcophagi, death masks, trophy heads, hair art, photographs: what are these objects that evoke in such different ways the physical presence of those who have died? What kinds of work are done by the images and artifacts we make of our dead? Join us for our second collaborative workshop in exploring the kinds, meanings, and functions of memorial objects from antiquity to the present.

Never Say Die: Euphemism & the Language of Death
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In this interactive workshop, we collaborated to explore the varieties, meanings, and uses of euphemism in talking (through both speech and sign)—and not talking—about death.

This was the first of the Living Mortal Project’s 2014-2015 Workshop/Symposium series.