Death and Diversity: Exploring Creative Equality and Inclusion
About the event
The Arts team at St Christopher’s Hospice are mounting their fourth conference ‘Facing Death Creatively’ to explore how the Arts can be utilised to make sense of and provide comfort at the end of life and in bereavement. The focus of this year’s conference will be Death and Diversity: Exploring Creative Equality and Inclusion exploring creative practices that engage with our multicultural society.
We are keen to invite submissions to take part in the form of oral presentations, seminars, performances or participatory workshops. The themes for the conference are: diversity in death and dying, creative approaches and interventions focused on the integration of one or more of the protected categories to support dying (age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation); creative approaches to multiculturalism in death; cross cultural dialogues about dying mediated through the arts; reflections on the role the arts play in opening the field to more diverse, integrated, multicultural ways of dying; reflections on the role the arts play in the creation of meaning and the framing of the dying experience through the valuing of diversity.
Presentations from different cultural and disciplinary spaces are welcome.
Proposals should include the following information:
Title, Abstract (150-250 words), Keywords (3-10 words), Sources/References (max. 3 references),
Bionote (max. 50 words per presenter), Email addresses of presenters,
Type of presentation (oral presentation, exhibition, performance, workshop, etc.)
Proposals should be sent via email to email@example.com
Submissions deadline: June 30 2019
Who is it for?
The day is aimed at Arts Therapists, trainees, socially-engaged artists and palliative care practitioners involved in working with people facing death and their families and communities. We also host medical, nursing and social work professionals as well as their students.
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Panagiotis Pentaris, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling at the University of Greenwich, licensed Social Worker and Psychotherapist. His professional practice is centred around death, dying and bereavement issues. Panagiotis has practiced internationally, including the US, the UK, Uganda and Greece.
What will the course look like?
This conference will explore key thematic questions through discussions, presentations, workshops and performances:
- How can diverse cultural approaches to death and dying be represented and integrated through participation in the arts in hospice care?
- How do we explore and represent diversity within cultures and attitudes (diversity within diversity)?
- How can patients’ participation and expression through the arts impact on the institutional make-up of hospices/ policies around death and dying?
- How can a diversity agenda inhabit the physical space of the hospice?
- How can arts/arts therapies offer a way for people to explore what the process of dying means to them on individual-cultural-familial-societal-spiritual level?
To be confirmed.