My name is Heather Sparling and I'm new to death studies. I'm an ethnomusicologist who is researching disaster songs of Atlantic Canada. You can visit my project website here: disastersongs.ca. Among other topics, I'm interested in understanding the role of disaster songs in processing grief, and understanding the way in which changing death culture is related to changes in disaster songs. I look forward to learning more about the research of other members of this group.
H-Death is a scholarly network that explores the multitude of historical issues surrounding the process and experience of dying and death. The H-Death network will allow scholars to compare and contrast the processes and experiences of dying and death across time and space, including American, European and non-Western contexts.
H-DEATH seeks to build a team of volunteers to serve as editors for the network. Editors will be trained to use the H-Net Commons, our new content management platform, to moderate discussions, build content-rich projects for teaching and scholarship in the field of the history of death and death studies, and collaborate in the management of the network. The Commons interface is a simple site-design and publishing system that requires no advanced technical knowledge and enables editors to create custom pages that dynamically update with fresh material.
Colleagues: I came across this article in this weekend's Wall Street Journal and thought that the group might find it interesting. It's in front of the newspaper's paywall, so everyone should be able to access it.
Why College Students Are Dying to Get Into 'Death Classes'
Thousands of college courses on dying and mortality are being held nationwide—and teaching lessons about life.
March 6, 2014 3:28 p.m. ET
Copyright 2014, Wall Street Journal
I am Isaac Pollak
I am the head of the Chevra Kadisha ( holy society) in the Upper East Side of Manahttan for over 3 decades.
We are a voluntary group that cares for the deceased and follows the process af cleaning and dressing the body based on the procudeures set up in 1626 and followed by Tarditional Observant Jews worldwide.
I also have a collection of over 300 pieces of Jewish material cultural objects relating to Death .
2nd Global Conference: Suicide, Self-harm and Assisted Dying
Wednesday 24th September – Friday 26th September 2014
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Call for Presentations:
This conference brings together discussion of research and practice in
three complex areas – Suicide, Self-Harm and Assisted Dying.
Over one million people worldwide die from suicide each year. The
incidence of completed suicide is very much higher in males than
females, for all age groups and in most societies where recording