CFP: Death in American Culture (6/15/06; MAPACA, 10/27/06-10/29/06)

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The Death in American Culture area of the Mid Atlantic American/Popular Culture Conference, October 27-29, 2006 in Baltimore MD is soliciting paper proposals.

Papers are welcome on any aspect of American cultural responses to death. Paper proposals may be from any appropriate discipline and cover any historical period. General topic areas include but are not limited to the following:

1. Attitudes toward and practices relating to death, including the medicalization of death, the social construction of death, death in art and literature, funeral customs, the evolution of the funeral business and the cemetery, changing attitudes toward the dead body and its disposal, and burial and mourning practices.

2. Memorialization, including the history, iconography, and rhetoric of gravemarkers and memorials; regional and ethnic practices; and gender, class, and race in the cemetery.

If you are interested in proposing a paper, please contact A. Schopp at the addresses below. ALL PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY JUNE 15, 2006. Proposals should be 250-300 word abstracts. Please indicate if you are proposing papers to more than one area. MAPACA rules stipulate that you may only present one paper at the conference.

A. Schopp

If you are interested in other areas, and/or if you want more information about the conference, please go to the Gazette, our online newsletter.

Thank you.

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