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2014 Summer Seminar

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The Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the End of Life announces the launching of its 2014 Summer Seminar  End of Life: Between the Expected and the Unexpected, to be held in a country hotel in the Judean Hills (near Jerusalem) between June 22-25, 2014, and invites applications from advanced graduates, post-graduates, and early career scholars.

 

The primary aim of the Minerva Summer Seminar is to expose international and local outstanding graduates, post graduates, and young scholars to current research, findings and debates on the quality of the end of life, and to promote the development of papers and projects related to these issues. The convening of international, interdisciplinary groups of leading experts in the field and of emerging scholars also aims to encourage new collaborations and promote new research themes as well to set new agendas for innovative future research on end of life. Aligned with the spirit that guided the founding of the Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the End of Life, the format of the Summer Seminar is designed to enable reflection on common values, enhance sensitivity to cultural issues and include multiple religious and ethical perspectives to the Summer Seminar’s theme. The seminar will be conducted in English.

 

The 2014 Minerva Summer Seminar, End of Life: Between the Expected and the Unexpected, will examine the continuum of control over dying and the dying process. It will aim to elucidate current theoretical, methodological, and practical concerns through cross-disciplinary discussions.

 

Sample questions that may be raised:

  1. What is considered to be a good dying process?  What is natural dying?  What is the relationship between those two?  What are the different faces of death and dying and what criteria render end of life a bad death?
  2. What is the continuum of end of life on the dimension of control?  What constitutes a slow and gradual ends of life, such as the ones experienced in dementia and in long term care institutions?  What are current and potential options for control over the dying process? 
  3. What are the philosophical and cultural discourses concerning mechanisms for death control such as advance directives, euthanasia, or suicide? 
  4. What are the opportunities and the limits of autonomy, accountability and responsibility regarding the control over death and dying? 
  5. What economic and societal structures might allow for a good end of life?

 

Sample of possible foci of related interests:

  • Public ethics, applied ethics, ethics of end-of life decision, philosophy of autonomy and responsibility
  • Bioethics and the law
  • Cultural history of death and dying
  • The meaning of the body after death
  • Death in global society
  • Cross-cultural meanings of death and dying
  • Postmodern versions of life after death
  • Suicide
  • End-of-life decision making
  • Systems of health care delivery at end of life
  • Delineation of end of life, end of life stage
  • Quality of life  at the end of life

 

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