Workshop on Death and the Dead

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 06, 2009 in News tagged with


The Stirling Latin American and


Caribbean Research Group



Death and the Dead


Research Workshop

University of Stirling, School of Languages, Cultures and Religions


Friday 30 October 2009, Pathfoot E26


This workshop intends to examine the concepts of Death and the Dead in Latin American and Caribbean societies. How have ancient beliefs, rituals and traditions changed over time? How is death explored in literature and depicted in cinema? To what extent is death glorified? How are the dead commemorated? Related themes are the silencing of voices, the documentation of massacres, cemeteries and monuments, language and cultural death, myths and cults.

Presentations (not formal papers) will be followed by roundtable discussions open to all academics and postgraduate students working in the field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies to foster debate and possible future collaborations.



Provisional Programme



10:00 Opening and Welcome, Tea & Coffee


10:30 – 1:00 Session 1 (Chair Charlotte Lange) (Tea & Coffee 11:45)


Julia Banwell, University of Sheffield: ‘Documenting Death in Mexican Visual



Niamh Thornton, University of Ulster: ‘Bugles, Booms and Blood: The Evolution of

Violent Death on Screen’


Giovanna Bacchiddu, University of St Andrews: ‘Fear and Prayers: Negotiating with the Dead in Apiao,Chiloé, Southern Chile’


Nathanial Gardner, University of Glasgow: ‘Death, Art and Diego Rivera’


Lorna Dillon, King’s College London: ‘The Representation of Death in Violeta Parra’s

Oil Paintings’


1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 4:30 Session 2 (Chair Charlotte Lange) (Tea & Coffee 3:15)


Penelope Dransart, University of Wales, Lampeter/University of Cambridge:

‘Westward Bound: Premonition, Death Rituals and the Transition of Social

Status in Northern Chile’


David Howard, University of Edinburgh: ‘Facing Death: Visual and Numerical

Discourses of Violence Across the Caribbean’


Ian Dudley, University of Essex: ‘Macabre Exchanges: Indigenous Cooperation with

European Ethnological Skull Collecting in 19th Century Guiana’


Emilia Ferraro, University of St Andrews: ‘Of Kitchen, Bread, Babies and Women.

The Convivial Remembrance of the Dead in the Andes’


Henry Stobart, Royal Holloway University of London: ‘Composing and

Decomposing: Music and Death in the Bolivian Andes’



4:30 – 4:45 Closing Remarks




NB Attendance at the workshop is free (lunch not included), but advanced registration is essential. For registration (by Wednesday, 21 October at the very latest) and any other enquiries such as PG bursaries to assist with travel costs, please contact Dr Charlotte Lange:


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