"Our soul is just an urn where we close, once and for all, the ashes of our lost passions !"

joi, 15 septembrie 2011

Draft of the confirmed papers at ABDD04 + INFORMATION


Opening Ceremony:


Moise Ion Achim (President of “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia)

Ion Dumitrel (President of Alba Council, Romania)

Marina Sozzi (Ariodante Fabretti Foundation, Universita degli Studi, Turin, Italy)

Hilary Grainger (London College of Fashion, UK)

Ilona Kempainen (University of Helsinki, Finlanda)

Ken Worpole (London Metropolitan University, UK)

Adriana Teodorescu (“Babes Boylai” University of Cluj Napoca, the Romanian Association for Death Studies, Romania)

Cosmin Bodrean (Amurg. Romanian Cremation Association, Romania)

Marius Rotar (“1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Romania)

Art Exhibition – Alexandru Podea (Romania), Soul Fusion Metal Conference


1. Humanistic Perspectives on Dying and Death (at this session some presentations could be combined)

a. Folklore/Anthropology

Evy Johanne Håland (Norway/Greece), When the dead ensure the food: Death and the regeneration of life through festivals, food and social gathering during the ritual year in ancient and modern Greece

Stefan Dorondel, Stelu Serban (Romania), Between the Worlds: Witches, Healers, Dead, and Social Security in Southeast Europe

Bożena Józefów –Czerwińska (Poland), Perceptions of Death and the Deceased in Polish Folk Culture

Ilona Kemppainen (Finland), Finnish funeral customs in manners guides

Audun Kjus (Norway), Death and the Boogeyman

Dorel Marc (Romania), La symbolique funéraire et l'identité culturelle dans la région multi-ethnique. Les comtés de Mures et Harghita

Leaha Mihai (Romania), The Tree of the Dead – a Bridge Between the Worlds. A video-anthropological exploration of a commemoration ritual from Transylvania.

Constantin Bogdan (Romania), Strange Funeral Rituals: The Beauty Of Death And Funeral Feast

Olimbi Velaj (Albania), Meaning of death in Albanian Folk Ballads

Adriana Cupcea (Romania), Contemporary funeral ritual at the Turks in Dobrudja, Romania

Gabriel Roman (Romania), Death in a "traditional" Roma Community in the third Millennium : Kalderash of Zanea, county of Iasi

b. History

Agnieszka Kowalska, Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska (Poland), Ancient Egyptian Burial Patterns Being Repeated – Mannerism or Specific Meaning of Death

Éva Kósa (Hungary), Death and dying as war experience in the war-diary Doberdo. The Book of a Honvéd (Hungarian soldier) Officer from the Isonzo Front of István Szabó

Roxana Vasile (Romania), Death between Maniera Greca and Maniera Italiana in Wallachia at the Beginning of the 18th Century.

Helen Frisby (UK), Widows, grief and mourning in Victorian England

Claudia Ionescu (Romania), Victorian Memento Mori: From Post-morthem Photography to Mourning Jewelry

Václav Grubhoffer (Czech Republic), Medicalization of Death at the Turn of the 18th to 19th Centuries. The moment of Death, apparent Death and Attitudes towards dead Body from the Point of View of the History of Medicine

Laura Pop (Romania), Categories of death in Romanian rural world of the late 19th - early 20th century after parish registers in several villages from Mures county (Romania)

Monica Muresan (Romania), The Modern State and the Issues of Mortality. Romanian Legislation Regarding Burials and Cemeteries in the 19th and Early 20th Century

Kathrin Linnemann (Germany), Death in Cracow

Piero Pasini (Italy), Relic of the Nation. Mourning the Martyrs in Venice during the Italian Resurgence (June 1867)

Bogdan Ceobanu (Romania), Comemorating the heroes: twenty-five years from the Romanian Independance war

Mihai Chiper (Romania), The most famous Romanian affair of honour: Filipescu- Lahovary (1897). The implications of a deadly duel.

Noémi Tünde Farkas (Hungary), Thoughts on dying and suicide at the turn of the 18-19th Century

Manca Erzetič (Slovenia), Dying and Death At War - Concentration Zone: The Place Of (‘‘Special’’) Dying

Erika Quinn (Germany), German Images of War Widows: Trying to navigate the choppy seas

Gheorghe Negustor (Romania), Mourning and Grief for the Dead of the Great War within the Romanian Society during the interwar period: The Denied Heroism?

Olga Gradinaru (Romania), V.I. Lenin – History of a Political Relic

C. Literature, Theater, Music, Art, Philosophy

Anna G. Piotrowska (Poland), Commemorating death in European artistic music

Oana Stanculescu (Romania), Death and its different approaches in Romanticism

İlker ÖZÇELİK Selcuk SENTURK (Turkey), Characters' Longing for Death in Sameul Beckett's Waiting for Godot"

Alexa Stoicescu (Romania), Suicide in the communist discourse. Aktionsgruppe Banat and Herta Müllers Herztier

Ramona Simut (Romania), Death as a Surprise in the Literature of 18th and 19th Century Romanticism

Stefan Borbely (Romania), Death and Work. Or: Death by Work? A Classical Case Study: Marx

Gevher Gökçe Acar (Turkey), Hermann Nitsch’s Performances Or About Death And The Symbolic Transformation Of Death Concept

Iuga Marcela Cristina (Romania), The Eternal Time In Fairytales (The Dissemination Of The Land Of Youth Theme In Various Cultures)

Golie Talaie (The Netherlands), Post-Mortem Photography now

Eliza Ramona Dumitrescu (Romania), Des morts non-naturelles chez le père du naturalisme. Les images de la mort chez Émile Zola

Ioana Moldovan (Romania), Staging Death

Asztalos Ioan (Romania), The Grim Reaper in Western and Eastern filmography between the 19th and 21st centuries.

D. Religion and the Meaning of Death

Ana Maria Roman-Negoi, Ioan Cristinel Roman-Negoi (Romania), The judgment before the Last Judgment. An analysis of the types of resurrected and punished persons during the Last Judgment, as depicted in the Romanian Orthodox Church paintings

Franziska Rehlinghaus ( Germany), The clericalisation of protestant funeral ceremonies in 19th century Germany: from silent burials to mourning acts

Corneliu Simut (Romania), Understanding Death beyond Religion in the Thought of John Shelby Spong

Emil Jurcan (Romania), Orthodox Confession and the Issues of Thanatology: A Comparison View

Gudor Botond (Romania), Death in the Protestant Theological Discourse in the 18th Transylvania: Peter Bod’s case

2. Suicide, euthanasia and the law;

Ken Worpole (UK), Can There Ever Be Dignity in Dying? The Ethical Debate about Assisted Dying in the UK

Dejan Donev (Macedonia), The Right To Live And The Right To Die As A Two Fundamental Bioethical And Thantological Values

Özhan Hancılar (Turkey), Suicide and Euthanasia under Turkish Law

Anna E. Kubiak (Poland), The Discourse of Biopower against Disturbances of the boundary between Life and Death

Arja Ryhänen (Finland), “I gave you wings, but I could not help the winds”
Child’s suicide experienced by parents in 1995-2009, Finland

Claudiu Stefani (Romania), Economic and social developments influence on suicide rates in Romania between 1990-2010. A retest of Emile Durkheim's theory

Daniela Tasevska, Lidija Pavleska, Zaklina Trajkovska Anceska (Macedonia), Suicide, prevention and moral valuation

3. End of life and palliative care;

Cristina Speranza Maria, Medina Bordea (Romania), The Psychologist’s Role in Palliative Cares

Zaklina Trajkovska Ancevska, Daniela Tasevska (Macedonia), End of life and palliative care

Cornelia Miclea (Germany), Handicapped People Die, too

Olivia Ministeri (Italy), Self mutual help groups for people in grief in their recent online dimension

4. New ritualisations of death in the 21st century;

Maggie Jackson (UK), Digital reconstruction and the “durable biography

Federica Manfredi (Italy), Mourir en tant que migrant. Tanatopolitiques et tanatopratiques dans le contexte de la migration dans l'Italie contemporaine

Josef Schovanec (France), Is death merely optional? The growing trend of cryonics as a new funerary ritual

Anna Davidsson Bremborg (Sweden), Home memorials and home rituals

Kornelia Sammet / Franz Erhard (Germany), The Observation of the Unobservable: Ideas of Afterlife in a Sociological Perspective

Adriana Teodorescu (Romania), The Structure and the Deconstruction of the Symbolic Immortality through Children. A Thanatological Perspective

Luigi Bartolomei (Italy), Common tendencies toward minimalist architecture and archetypical symbols in contemporary Funeral Houses.

Malgorzata Zawila (Poland), The „politics of death” and the „religion of Smoleńsk” – new or old phenomena occurring in the media discourse in Poland in one year after the flight crash in Smolensk 2010

Radoslaw Sierocki (Poland), Religion, Nation, Media. National Mourning in Poland After 1989

Dragos Cargica (Romania), The Meanings of the Archangel Mihail Legion’s Martyrs in post1989 Romania

Aleksandra Drzał-Sierocka (Poland), Disease as the process of dying. Cultural images of AIDS at the turn of 20th and 21st century

Udi Lebel (Israel), Enforced Private Grief: National Hierarchy of Bereavement and the Glocalization of Loss

Lorenz Graitl (Germany), Criminal Martyrs: The peril and power of self-sacrifice

5. Bodily disposal: implications of the shift from burial to cremation;

a. Cemeteries:

Agita Misane (Latvia), The Dead at My Table: „Cemetery Festivals” in Latvia

Luca Prestia (Italy), An Historical Analysis of Seven Cemeteries in the Northern-Western Italy

Cosmina Berindei (Romania), Cemetery between "place of memory" and space for manifestation of a community crisis. Case study: Rosia Montana

Alina Felea (Republic of Moldova), L'histoire du cimetière arménien à Chisinau

b. Cremations and Crematoria

Hilary Grainger (UK), ‘Old for New’: Sandwell Valley Crematorium, West Midlands, UK and its Architect, Martin Critchell

Marius Rotar (Romania), European Echoes into the Romanian Cremationist Movement

Orsolya Kereszty (Hungary), A social movement for cremation in Hungary in the Dual Monarchy
Lajos Hodi (Hungary), On Cremation in Hungary of nowadays


The accomodation of the participants will be at Hotel Cetate in Alba Iulia (the conference hotel of last edition of ABDD) or Hotel Transilvania in Alba Iulia. Both hotels have 2 stars +. Next week I will post here the exact location of participants' accomodation. We provide for any participant at ABDD04 four nights accomodation in single and double room (+breakfast) and also all the meals.
We try to organize the conference trip at Bucerdea Vinoasa (a village near Alba Iulia) to a wine cellar for tasting wines and also for a Romanian traditional meal. We wait for the confirmation of the owners' wine cellar.
Regarding your transfer from Cluj Napoca airport and Sibiu airport to Alba Iulia we try to make it with two buses. I will post here next week information about it (the time arrival at the aiports of these buses). If just in case we will not be able to collect all the participants by airport I will put here the scheldule of train and buses from these two towns to Alba Iulia.
The final programme of ABDD04 by time, chairmen will be post here next week.
If you want to change your paper section please email me to mrotar2000@yahoo.com