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The materiality and spatiality of death, burial and commemoration

Special issue in the Journal “Mortality”

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Publié le mercredi 24 mai 2017 par Céline Guilleux

Résumé

The interdisciplinary journal Mortality calls for submissions from all disciplines to reflect on the materiality and spatiality of death, burial and commemoration: Death, dying and burial produce artefacts and occur in spatial contexts. The interplay between such materiality, spatiality and the bereaved who commemorate the dead yields interpretations and creates meanings that can change over time. In this special issue we want to publish papers that explore this interplay by going beyond the consideration of simple grave artefacts on the one hand and graveyards as a space on the other hand, to examine the specific interrelationships between materiality, spatiality, the living and the dead.

Annonce

Argument

Materiality is more than simple matter, void of meaning or relevance. It is charged with significance, has symbolic and interpretative value – perhaps a form of selfhood. The apparent inanimate has meaning, which originates from the interaction with the animate. Consciously and unconsciously, by interacting with materiality, one is creating meaning, while materiality retroactively provides a form of agency. Spatiality provides the context that permits and shapes such interaction. Thus, artefacts, mementos and memorials are exteriorised, materialised and spatialised forms of human activity: they can be understood as cultural forms, the function of which is to sustain social life. However, they are also the medium through which values, ideas and criteria of social distinction are reproduced, legitimised or transformed.

Death, dying and burial produce artefacts and occur in spatial contexts. The interplay between such materiality, spatiality and the bereaved who commemorate the dead yields interpretations and creates meanings that can change over time. In this special issue of the interdisciplinary journal Mortality,we will explore this interplay by going beyond the consideration of simple grave artefacts on the one hand and graveyards as a space on the other hand, to examine the specific interrelationships between materiality, spatiality, the living and the dead. This call for papers originates from the Transmortality International: Materiality and Spatiality of Death, Burial and Commemoration conference, held 2017 at the University of Luxembourg, organised by the R.I.P. research project.

We invite papers from all disciplines to reflect on the materiality and spatiality of death, burial and commemoration. We suggest the following – non-exhaustive – list of themes:

  • The agency of materiality and spatiality
  • Theoretical considerations regarding materiality and spatiality in sepulchral culture
  • Innovative research methods in the field
  • The application of digital humanities to sepulchral culture
  • Ethics in the study of death, burial and commemoration
  • Ideology and/or politics
  • Regional and cultural contexts, including migration and transborder issues relating to sepulchral culture.

Submission guidelines

This special issue will be published in 2019. Potential contributors should send their full paper to christoph.streb@uni.lu

by 17:00 CET on Fri, 2 February 2018.

The journal’s style guidelines should be followed for all submissions: http://bit.ly/2pdhEET

  • Manuscripts are accepted in English. British English spelling and punctuation are preferred. Please use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’. Long quotations of 40 words or more should be indented without quotation marks.
  • A typical manuscript will not exceed 8000 words including tables, references, captions, footnotes and endnotes. Manuscripts that greatly exceed this will be critically reviewed with respect to length. Authors should include a word count with their manuscript.
  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgements; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).
  • Abstracts of 200 words are required for all manuscripts submitted.
  • Each manuscript should have 5 to 6 keywords.
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  • Section headings should be concise.
  • All authors of a manuscript should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses on the cover page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the corresponding author. Please give the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the manuscript is accepted. Please note that the email address of the corresponding author will normally be displayed in the article PDF (depending on the journal style) and the online article.
  • All persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship must be named in the manuscript as co-authors; the corresponding author must be authorized by all co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and the order of names should be agreed by all authors.
  • Please supply a short biographical note for each author.
  • Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as an Acknowledgement on the title page of the manuscript, in a separate paragraph, as follows:
  • For single agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]."
  • For multiple agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx]."
  • Authors must also incorporate a Disclosure Statement which will acknowledge any financial interest or benefit they have arising from the direct applications of their research.
  • For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used.
  • Authors must adhere to SI units. Units are not italicised.
  • When using a word which is or is asserted to be a proprietary term or trade mark, authors must use the symbol ® or TM.

All papers must be explicit in their consideration of issues of materiality and spatiality in death, burial or commemoration. International contributions are encouraged, as are submissions from authors at all stages of their careers. We welcome conversations and informal enquiries with prospective authors prior to submission. Please contact us via christoph.streb@uni.lu.

Peer-review

Submissions will be peer-reviewed and potential authors notified by Fri, 20 April 2018. Resubmissions of revised papers are expected by Fri, 31 August 2018 and final drafts must be ready for submission by Mon, 31 December 2018.

Dates

  • vendredi 02 février 2018

Fichiers attachés

Mots-clés

  • materiality, spatiality, death, burial, commemoration, grave

Contacts

  • Christoph Streb
    courriel : christoph [dot] streb [at] uni [dot] lu

URLS de référence

Source de l'information

  • Christoph Streb
    courriel : christoph [dot] streb [at] uni [dot] lu

Pour citer cette annonce

« The materiality and spatiality of death, burial and commemoration », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le mercredi 24 mai 2017, http://calenda.org/405286