2nd Global Conference

The End of Life Experience
Dying, Death and Culture in the 21st Century

Saturday 13th April 2019 – Sunday 14th April 2019
Bruges, Belgium


Saturday 13th April 2019

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30-10:00 Introductory Group Discussion and Design-Thinking Exercise

10:00 – 10:30 The Hidden History of Dying in the West
Nate Hinerman

10:30 -11:00 Tea and Coffee

11:00-12:30 Session 1: Death Attitudes
Chair: Donald Felipe

Being with the Dying: Taking Off our Coat(s) Before Entering the Room
Eunice Gorman & Laura Lewis

Death Becomes You
Avital Gershfeld-Litvin

Bettering End Life Experiences through Design
Hanna Buker

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session 2: Maintaining Bonds
Chair: Luísa Flora

Design for End of Life Lab
Marieke Sonneveld

Dead Souls Symbology as the Discursive Construction of Memory in Barnes and Gogol
Elena Bollinger

“Unveiling the Corpse in the 21 st Century”
Kathryn Beattie

15:30 – 16:00 Tea and Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Session 3: Workshop

Kotodama Applications for End of Life
Constance Borden

17:00 – 17:30 End of Day 1 Consolidation: Cross Session Discussion
17:30 Wine and Drinks Reception

Sunday 14th April 2019

09:00 – 10:30 Session 4: Death, Dying and the Law
Chair: Elena Bollinger

Dyalogues & Wishes
Nancy Belza

Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans and Jahi McMath: What, if Anything, Do We Need to Learn from these Deaths? Perinatal End of Life Care
Elisabeth Maher & Vincent Maher

Ending Life on One’s Own Terms: Kelly Johnson’s story
Fran Johns

10:30 – 11:00 Tea and Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 5: Death and Culture
Chair: Constance Borden

Learning from seasickness on the journey from life towards death
Julia Rose Lewis

Love Letters from the Other World”: Channeling Literary Influence in James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover.
Scott McClintock

‘The New Approach to Organ and Tissue Donation in England’: A Faith-Sensitive Proposal?
Kartina A. Choong

12.30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15.30 Session 7: Death and Literature
Chair: Elisabeth Maher

“How lucky we were came home to me”: Intergenerational Memory and Hybrid Subjectivity in Graphic Narratives of End-of-Life Care
Kathleen Venema

The Voice of the Wounded Body in Harriet Scott Chessman’s Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Raluca Balan

‘How easy it is to make a ghost’: Death’s Triumphant Silence in Keith Douglas
Luísa Flora

15:30 – 16:00 Tea and Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Session 8: Death and the Body: Death and the Sprit
Chair: Kathryn Beattie

NDE and Afterlife as Plausible Phenomena in Jungian Memoir
Mirella Pintilie Jaber

Dead Celebrity: Real Person Fanfiction in online Fan Communities
Racheal Harris

Dying of Love
Donald Felipe

17:30 End of Day 2 Consolidation: Cross Session Discussion

18:00 Closing Words, Photographs, Goodbyes