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sâmbătă, 1 septembrie 2012



Thursday, 6th September 2012

8:00-14:00 Registration

Location: A9 Room, “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia

10 -10:40 Opening Ceremony:

Location: A9 Room, “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia


Daniel Breaz (Rector of “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Romania)
Ion Dumitrel (President of Alba Council, Romania)
Hilary Grainger (London College of Fashion, UK)
Peter C. Jupp (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Ilona Kemppainen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Tudor Rosu (National Museum of Unification, Alba Iulia, Romania)
Marius Rotar (“1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Romania)

10:45-11:00 Coffee Break

Funerary Levels within European Folk Cultures (11:00-13:30)
Chair Ileana Benga (Romania)

Location: “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, A9 Room

Antonella Grossi (Messina University, Italy), Bogdan Neagota (Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania): Death ritual chant. The gestures, the melodies and the words of a funeral in a village of contemporary Romania

Silvestru Petac (Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania): Forms of a Post-Funerary Choreutic ritual from the Vale of the Danube: The dance alms / Hora de pomana

Anamaria Iuga (Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest):
Commemoration of the dead. Easter in Lăpuş region

Gabriel-Cătălin Stoian (Museum of the Village “Dimitrie Gusti”, Bucharest): The Fir-Tree (Bradul)  from Brazi. A Funerary rite in Brazi, Haţeg region

Bogdan Neagota (Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca): Communication with Dead and Feminine Ecstatic Experiences in South and South-Western Rural Romania

 History - chair Helen Frisby (UK)

Location: “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Apor Palace (Stefan Apor Room)

11:00-11:30 Agnieszka Kowalska, Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska (Poland), Polish Coffin Portraits in the 18th Century and Later

11: 30-12:00 Andreea Pop (Romania), An old burial regulation from 19th century in Romania – its impact on society, towns and modern cemeteries

12:00-12:30 Anu Salmela (Finland), For Whom the Bell Tolls? Finnish Lower Courts' Rulings on Female Suicides' Manner of Burial in Late 19th Century

12: 30-13:00 Olga Grădinaru (Romania), A.S. Pushkin’s duel – between poetry and reality

13:00-13:30 Cristina Bogdan (Romania), Entre solitude et communion. Des aumônes de son vivant à la veillée mortuaire en ligne

13:30-15:00 Lunch

Location Pub 13 Alba Iulia (offered by the Amurg. Romanian Cremation Association and the Romanian Association for Death Studies)

Location “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, A9 Room

Funerary Levels within European Folk Cultures (15:00-18:00)
Chair Bogdan Neagota

Rosario Perricone (Museo Internazionale delle Marionette Antonio Pasqualino, Palermo, Sicily): Death and Rebirth. Photographies of Death in Sicily / Morte e rinascita. Fotografie della morte in Sicilia

Ileana Benga (Institute the Folklore Archive of the Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca): Placating irregular dead: the category of aborted children. A case study based on the bonfires of St Demetrius in rural Argeş, România

Mihai Andrei Leaha (Orma Sodalitas Anthropologica, Cluj-Napoca): Between here and afterworld. The Tree of the Dead in Central Transylvania. An ethnographic documentary [ethnographic film]

Adela Ambruşan (Orma Sodalitas Anthropologica, Cluj-Napoca): Trees of Dead – Trees of Christening in two villages from Cluj region (Buza and Cătina) [ethnographic film]

Alin Rus (PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA): Two different burial rituals in the same village of Eastern Romania: Heleşteni, Iaşi region [ethnographic film]

Florin Gherasim (Romania) Exhumation and reburial of some anticommunist partisans in Cluj County, Romania

16:55-17:25 Rasa Račiūnaitė-Paužuolienė, Aušra Lukauskaitė (Lithuania), Lithuanian tatar funeral customs: transformation and preservation of identity

17:25-17:55 Laura Iliescu (Romania), Dying in the mountain and the resacralisation of the nature

2. Suicide, euthanasia and the law - chair Simone Veronese (Italy)

Location: “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Apor Palace (Stefan Apor Room)

15:00-15:30 Constantin Bogdan (Romania), Le suicide chez les roumains

15:30-16:00 Constantin Bogdan (Romania) Constantin Bogdan (Romania), Requesting Euthanasia between terminal patients
16:00-16:30 Mihaela Balan (Romania), From Seppuku to Hikikomori. Suicidal patterns in the 19th and 21st Century Japanese Literary Imagery.

16:30-17:00 Ozhan Hancilar (Turkey), Suicide Terorrism and PKK

17: 00-17:30 Dejan Donev (Macedonia), Bioethical aspects of the question of "good" death (euthanasia) in contemporary world

17:30-17:45 Coffee break

1. Humanistic Perspectives on Dying and Death

a. History/Philosophy - chair Adriana Teodorescu (Romania)

Location 1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, A9 Room

18:00-18:30 Ormeny Theodora-Eva (Romania), Coping mechanisms for the perception of finitude

18:30-19:00 Marija Selak (Croatia), It just takes time

19:00-19:30 Josef Schovanec (France), When Scholars die: Death, Mourning and Intellectual Resurrection in Western Universities

19:30-20:00 Alfred James Ellar (Philippines), Sense and Reference of Death

2. History - chair Stefan Borbély (Romania);

Location: “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Apor Palace (Stefan Apor Room)

17:45-18:15 Csaba Todor (Romania), Changes in funeral customs. The effect of mortuary houses and pre-made headstones among British and Transylvanian Unitarians

18:15-18:45 Eva Kosa (Hungary), The Experience of Death and the Expression of Mourning in the Diary of a Nurse in the First World War

18:45-19:15 Ilona Kemppainen (Finland), “Coffin stories” – rumours, jokes and normative aspects of death in Finland in the turn of the 20th century

19:15-19:45: Constantina Raveca Buleu (Romania), Esotericism and Death. The Myth of the Hidden Monarch

20:30-21:30 Dinner

Location: Preciosa Restaurant Alba Iulia


Karaoke Party (optional)

Location: Preciosa Restaurant Alba Iulia

Friday 7th September

Sessions: 9:30-11:30

3. New ritualisations of death in the 21st century; chair Emiliya Karaboeva (Bulgaria)

Location: “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, A9 Room

9:30-10:00 Aleksandra Pavićević (Serbia), Future of Death or Diving in the SilenceMourning and Afterlife believes in Serbia at the beginning of third Millennium

10:00-10:30 Federica Manfredi (Italy), Federica Manfredi (Italy), Body marks and death. Extreme body modification rituals in contemporary Italy

10:30-11.00 Stefan Borbély (Romania), Society as Form or Energy in the Modernist Approach of the 19th and 20th Centuries

11:30-12:00 Adela Toplean (Romania), More story and less thanatology: a sociological inquiry into the (ir)relevance of death narratives in late modernity

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

a. Cemeteries, Burials chair Hilary Grainger (UK):

Location: “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Apor Palace (Stefan Apor Room)

9:30-10 00 Maggie Jackson (UK), You take your students to the cemetery don’t you? Teaching about Loss to Social Work students.

10 00-10:30 Christine Schlott (Germany), Changing attitudes towards cemeteries in Leipzig, Germany

10:30-11.00   Nicole Sachmerda-Schulz (Germany), Natural burials in Germany: Results of a Qualitative Interview Study

11: 00-11:30 Adriana Teodorescu, Roxana Varian (Romania), Cemetery as a battlefield. a case study upon the Hajongard cemetery from Cluj-Napoca

11:30-11:45 Coffee break

4. History; chair Radoslaw Sierocki (Poland), Marina Sozzi (Italy)

Location: “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, A9 Room

11:45-12:15 Helen Frisby (UK), Six feet under? A brief history of English burial grounds

12:15-12:45 Nadezhda Galabova (Bulgaria), Digging their graves with their own teeth”: narratives on obesity as a mortality risk factor in socialist Bulgaria

12:45-13:15 Galina Goncharova Emiliya Karaboeva (Bulgaria), Social recognition of death Patterns of commemorating death during socialism

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

b. Cremations and Crematoria chair Ilona Kemppainen (Finland)

Location: “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Apor Palace Room (Stefan Apor Room)

11:45-12:15 Peter C. Jupp (UK), 'Capital Crematoria for Scotland (1909-1939) Part 1: providing alternatives to burial in the City of Edinburgh’

12:15-12:45 Hilary Grainger (UK), Capital Crematoria for Scotland (1909-1939) Part 2: The Architectural Story of Edinburgh

12:45-13:15 Marius Rotar (Romania), The Cremation War– Oradea, Cluj Napoca, Romania 2011/2012

13: 45-13:45 Adriana Teororescu (Romania), Upon the Imaginary of Cremation in Romania. A Case Study: Why would I choose Cremation? Essay Contest

13:45-15:30 Lunch

Restaurant of “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia

4. New ritualisations of death in the 21st century chair Aleksandra Pavićević (Serbia)

Location: “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Apor Palace Room (Stefan Apor Room)

15:30-16:00 Radoslaw Sierocki (Poland), Facebook, Death and Beyond. Social Network Sites and the Dead (Users’) Accounts

16:00-16:30 Florina Codreanu (Romania), The Worldly Conquest of Death: Near Death Experiences (NDEs)

16:30 -17:00 Aleksandra Drzal-Sierocka (Poland), "Taste of dying - the theme of death in food films

 End of Life, Berevement- chair Dejan Donev (Macedonia)

Location: “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, A9 Room

Mihaela Vlad, Livia Caciuloiu Minea (Romania), “Exista viata dupa doliu!” («There is life after bereavement ») – Romanian non-profit organisation 

16:00-16:30 Veronese S.1, Valle A., Oliver D. (Italy), The last months of life of people with motor neurone disease in mechanical invasive ventilation: a qualitative study

16:30 -17:00 Marina Sozzi, Cristina Vargas (Italy), Bereavement in the social context: a study in the Piedmont region of Italy

17:00 -17:30 Medina Bordea, Cristina Speranza Maria (Romania), CBT, Grief Experience and Emotional Problems After Bereavement

18:00 Departure to Bucerdea Vinoasa

Dinner (Traditional Romanian Meal)

Bucerdea Vinoasa – Tradition Group Association


Sessions: 9:30-13,00

Location “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, A9 Room

 New ritualisations of death in the 21st century chair Peter C. Jupp (UK)

9:30-10:00 Cristina Mihala (Romania), Death and Dying Marketing: from the reconciliation of tradition to the consumption of funeral services in postmodern Romanian society

10:00-10:30 Naum Trajanovski (Macedonia), The Challenges of Biopolitics

10:30-11:00 Andréia Martins (Brazil), An online ethnography of a Real-Time Obituary: the Dead People Profiles Community

11: 00 -11:20
Coffee Break

11.20 – 11:50 Bożena Józefów-Czerwińska (Poland), Death and the deceased motifs - in the Carnival time

11.50 -12: 20 Anca Timofan (Romania), Ghost Riders. Journeys of Awareness, Death and Dying in Motorcycle Movies

12:20-12.50 Valtko Chalovski (Macedonia), Media Consciousness – media’s influence while reporting on suicide

13:00-13:30 Conclusions chair Tudor Roşu (Romania)

Peter C. Jupp
Helen Frisby
Marina Sozzi
Stefan Borbely
Tudor Rosu
Marius Rotar

13:30-15:30 Lunch
Restaurant of “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia


Visit of Alba Iulia Fortress


Restaurant of “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia

Instructions for authors:

Papers are accepted only in English or French
Paper not exceeding 12,000 words
Please supply a short biographical note (50 words maximum) and information about your affiliation, postal address, and an email address.
Abstracts of not more than 200 words are required for all papers submitted.
Each paper should have 5 to 7 keywords

Style guidelines:

a).Page Format: B5, 2.5 cm above, below 2 cm, left 2 cm, right 2 cm, header1.5 cm, footnote 1 cm portrait (except annexes necessary to use type) edges in the mirror, align the left-right, a row spacing, indentation of first lines1.25 cm, without using the Tab key.
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c. The title should be written in capitals and centered, followed by the name author's (right-aligned).
d. Running title written in italics and centred 11 p., will contain the name author's (on p. para) and the study title (possibly shortened, the odd page).Page number will be put underground and centred.
e. Summary (abstract) will be placed at the end of the text and will be accompanied by a number of approx.
f. Annexes will be written in Word program under Windows, does not recognize text sent as image.
3. Illustration
Images must be of high quality jpg format., Bmp., Gif., Tiff. (Not allowed Xerox copies) and accompanied by explanations and sources of origin mentioning (Where applicable).

4. Drafting rules
a. Titles of books, studies, newspaper or magazine, mentioned in the text is written with italics.
b. To draw up quotations are used bold, not italics, marking the opening of their being made in accordance with the rules of punctuation in English
When the author wants to emphasize a few words the quotation, use italic characters, followed by mention of [national] or [nn].
For citations in classical languages will use italics, without quotation marks.
c. footnotes are permitted only (orders placed by using Insert Reference, footnote), generally prepared in accordance with Academy Romanian, noting that it will use abbreviations for further Citation sources / books / articles, and not 'op. cit..

Examples of full citation:

National Archives Directorate Alba County, Alba Prefecture fund, no.84/1938, f. 22r (v).
Paul Johnson, A History of the Modern World 1920-2000, Bucharest, Humanitas, 2003, p. 84.
Nikolaus Boroffka, 'Observations on the discoveries of prehistoric amber Romania', in Apulum, XXXIX (2002), p. 147.
R.J.W. Evans, "Joseph II Habsburg and Nationality in the Land", in HM Scott ed.,Enlightened absolutism. Reform and Reformers in Later Eighteenth-Century Europe, London,Macmillan, 1990, p. 209-219.

Examples of abbreviations:

DJAAN, prefecture, no. 76/1880, f. 2r (v).
Johnson, A History, p. 56.
Boroffka, Observations, p. 150.
Evans, Joseph II, p. 210.

The conference proceedings will be published as supplement of the journal Annales Universitatis Apulensis, Series Historica (http://istorie.uab.ro/publicatii/colectia_auash/auash_prezentare.html ). This journal is indexed in CEEOL (Central and Estern European Online Library) scientific international database (http://www.ceeol.com/aspx/publicationlist.aspx ).

Deadline: 15th of October 2012 – deadline for sending us your full paper for conference proceedings (mrotar2000@yahoo.com adriana.teodorescu@gmail.com )

Remember: not all the presentations will be published in the conference proceedings. If your paper will not follow the instructions for authors will not be published in the conference proceedings. Also, the editors of the proceedings have the right to reject some papers from the publication in the conference proceedings if those papers wouldn’t have a fit scientific content.

Useful Phones and Address:

“1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia

Alba Iulia, Gabriel Bethlen street 5
+40 258-806130

The Accomoddation

Hotel Transilvania (5th and 6th of September 2012 + two nights + breakfest) (3 STARS)

Iuliu Maniu 22 Alba Iulia

 +40 258 812052

Hotel Parc (7th and 8th of September 2012 + two nights + breakfest) (4 STARS)

Primăverii 4  Alba Iulia

+40 258 811 723

There are just about 150 meters between these two hotels!

Marius Rotar

+40 731 030124

Tudor Roşu

+4 0724072655


1.                  Hilary Grainger (UK)
2.                  Jessica Grainger Viner (UK)
3.                  Ilona Kemppainen (Finland)
4.                  Anu Salmela (Finland)
5.                  Aleksandra Drzal-Sierocka (Poland)
6.                  Radoslaw Sierocki (Poland)
7.                  Helen Frisby (UK)
8.                  Federica Manfredi (Italia)
9.                  Simone Veronese (Italia)
10.              Cristina Vargas (Italia)
11.              Marina Sozzi (Italia)
12.              Christine Schlott (Germany)
13.              Nicole Sachmerda-Schulz (Germany)
14.              Golie Talaie (The Netehrlands)
15.              Maggie Jackson (UK)
16.              Peter C. Jupp (UK)
17.              Elisabeth Jupp (UK)
18.              Eva Kosa (Hungary)
19.              Dejan Donev (Macedonia)
20.              Valtko Chalovski (Macedonia)
21.              Naum Trajanovski (Macedonia)
22.              Marija Selak (Croatia)
23.              Ozhan Hancilar (Turkey) 
24.              Alfred James Ellar (Philippines)
25.              Aušra Lukauskaitė (Lithuania)
26.              Andreia Martins de Sousa (Brazilia)
27.              Aleksandra Pavicevic (Serbia)
28.              Galina Goncharova (Bulgaria)
29.              Emiliya Karaboeva (Bulgaria)
30.              Nadezhda Galabova (Bulgaria)
31.              Josef Schovanec (France)
32.              Antonella Grossi (Italy)
33.              Rosario Perricone (Italy)
34.              Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska (Poland)
35.              Bożena Józefów-Czerwińska (Poland)


1.                  Adela Toplean
2.                  Cristina Bogdan
3.                  Dragoş Bogdan
4.                  Cristina Mihala
5.                  Florin Gherasim
6.                  Mihaela Vlad
7.                  Livia Caciuloiu Minea
8.                  Constantin Bogdan
9.                  Mihaela Bodrean
10.              Laura Iliescu
11.              Andreea Popp
12.              Mihaela Bălan
13.              Roxana Varian
14.              Ştefan Borbely
15.              Ileana Benga
16.              Bogdan Neagota
17.              Florina Codreanu
18.              Csaba Toth
19.              Olga Grădinanu
20.              Eva Theodora Ormeny
21.               Gabriel-Cătălin Stoian
22.              Silvestru Petac
23.              Constantina Raveca Buleu
24.              Corina Rotar
25.              Adriana Teodorescu
26.              Lucian Teodorescu
27.              Tudor Roşu
28.              Medina Bordea
29.              Cristina Speranza Maria
30.              Anca Timofan
31.              Călin Paraschiv
32.              Marius Rotar

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