Title: Family geographies of death, dying and bereavement
Sponsored by: Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group and Geographies of Health Research Group
Session convenors: Michelle Pyer and John Horton (both University of Northampton, UK)
These sessions will focus upon the practices and experiences of children, young people and families in relation to space-times of death, dying and bereavement. We seek to connect researchers and practitioners working in a number of related contexts such as:
. geographical, sociological or anthropological studies of children, young people and families experiencing death, dying and bereavement;
. social-material geographies and sociologies of grief and memorialisation;
. health/practice-oriented research on spaces of terminal illness and end-of-life care;
. quantitative/cartographic studies of mortality.
We welcome proposals for empirical and conceptual papers (15 minutes duration, plus discussion) in two thematic areas.
. For the first session, we call for papers about families encountering or experiencing death or dying in diverse contexts. We anticipate that this might include reflection upon a wide range of spaces, relationships, 'family' formations, and forms/causes of death.
. For the second session, we call for papers which have a specific focus upon children, young people and families in space-times of bereavement. This might include consideration of diverse familial geographies of absence, loss, grief, trauma, commemoration, remembrance, resilience or coping.
We particularly welcome proposals, from diverse geographical-historical contexts, which cut across the following themes:
. children and young people's experiences of death, dying and bereavement;
. experiences or geographies of child or youth mortality;
. mortality and siblings, carers, friendships or parenthood
. intergenerational and familial spaces of death, dying and bereavement;
. death, dying and bereavement in relation to age, ageing, lifecourses and identities;
. family geographies of chronic or terminal ill-health;
. formal or informal forms of care in relation to death, dying and bereavement;
. services and provision for families experiencing death, dying and bereavement;
. spaces and materialities of family bereavement, memorialisation, and living-on.
Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to Michelle Pyer (firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the conference is available at: http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/
Dr. John Horton
Centre for Children and Youth,
The University of Northampton,
Boughton Green Road,
Northampton, NN2 7AL.
(Phone: 01604 892990)