transmortale IX 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The transmortale IX will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Museum for Sepulchral Culture in Kassel, Weinbergstrasse 25-27, 34117. The workshop is jointly organized by the University of Hamburg (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Department of History) and the Museum/Institute for Sepulchral Culture. On Friday, March 15, visitors will have a chance to view the museum’s permanent exhibition and the current temporary exhibition on a guided tour or as part of an event.

Throughout all epochs and cultures, death has affected not only the dead but above all the living. For scholars this means that all subject areas and fields of research that deal with people and with life also touch on the themes of death, taking leave of the deceased, and the finite nature of life.

The topics of dying, death, and mourning have in recent years become the focus of interdisciplinary research. Disciplines such as archeology, ethnology, social and cultural anthropology, and art history have always engaged with graves and burial grounds. Today, however, very different disciplines are taking an interest in the changing culture of mourning and burial, including sociology and psychology as well as history, medicine (and medical ethics), health and nursing sciences, gender studies, and art and media studies.

The workshop is open to junior scholars, for example students in the final phase of their studies or doctoral students, as well as to postdocs and interested researchers. The aim is to offer scholars the opportunity to present new research perspectives in short talks and discuss them with the larger group. In this way, current questions and findings can be examined from an interdisciplinary point of view and common issues can be subjected to a transdisciplinary analysis. The transmortale takes place annually, offering a platform for research into dying, death, and mourning that goes far beyond the workshop itself. The main language for the workshop is German, but presentations in English are also possible. For those holding talks, the costs of maximum one night’s accommodations will be covered as well as meals during the workshop.

If you are interested in sharing your research project in a lecture/presentation (max. 20 minutes), please email your proposal (with a max. one-page abstract and your curriculum vitae) by November 4, 2018 to: