Death and Decay (deadline 4th October 2013)

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HARTS & Minds postgraduate journal for the Arts and Humanities

This call for papers invites submissions on the subject of 'Death and Decay' for the third edition of HARTS & Minds, an online postgraduate journal for students of the Humanities and Arts, which is due to be published online in Winter 2013-14.

Our first edition and further information can be found at and you can get updates on our journal at

Submissions should adhere to the guidelines available on our website. You can either send us an abstract (approximately 300 words in length) and a completed article (no longer than 6000 words) OR you may provide an abstract (300 words) and a synopsis outlining the structure and argument of your intended article (approximately 1500-2000 words).

You must use the article template available on our website to format your article.

All submissions should be sent with an academic CV to by Friday 4th October.

Subjects may include but are not limited to the following:

-Rituals and rites of the dead in various cultures
-Burial practices
-Death and dying in literatures
-Visual Death; in art, photography, illustration, in film and television, on stage
-Death personified: the Grim Reaper, Yama & Lord of Naraka, Hel, Hades etc.
-The geography of death; real or mythological
-Disease, decay, apocalypse
-The undead, reincarnation, immortality
-The death of discourse, language, the author, God
-Death as taboo
-War and death
-The future of death in a posthuman world.
-Death of Language
-Moral death
-Death: presence and absence
-Afterlife, textual afterlives.
-Hauntings, the undead, vampires, zombies.
-The value of Death: what makes a justified or honourable death?
-Dirt and debris, Wrecks and ruins, Flotsam and Jetsam
-Fear of death
-Elegy, Obituary, the Funeral March, Eulogy
-Monuments, Memorials and the Archive
-Suicide, both literal and metaphorical.
-Medical humanities

Please consider that HARTS & Minds is intended as a truly inter-disciplinary journal for the Humanities and Arts and therefore esoteric topics will need to be written with a general academic readership in mind.