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Queer Death Studies: Coming to Terms with Death, Dying and Mourning Differently. An Introduction
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. University of Helsinki. (The Posthumanities Hub)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8520-6785
Karlstad University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1061-3292
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7946-7185
2019 (English)In: Kvinder, Køn og Forskning, ISSN 0907-6182, E-ISSN 2245-6937, no 3-4, p. 3-11Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

The conventional engagements with the questions of death, dying and mourning are insufficient and reductive: they are often governed by the normative notions of the subject; interhuman and human/nonhuman bonds; family relations and communities; rituals; and finally, experiences of grief, mourning, and  bereavement.  Moreover, these engagements are often embedded in constraining beliefs in life/death divides, constructed along the lines of conventional religious and/or scientific mind/body dualisms.

Against this background, Queer Death Studies serves as a site for ‘queering’ traditional ways of approaching death both as a subject of study and philosophical reflection, and as a phenomenon to articulate in artistic work or practices of mourning. Here, the notion of ‘queer’ conveys many meanings. It refers to researching and narrating death, dying and mourning in the context of queer bonds and communities, where the subjects involved/studied/interviewed and the relations they are involved in are recognised as ‘queer’. Simultaneously, the term ‘queer’ can also function as an adverb and a verb, referring thus to the processes of going beyond and unsettling (subverting, exceeding) binaries and given norms, normativities, and constraining conventions. In other words, ‘queer’ becomes both a process and a methodology that is applicable and exceeds the focus on gender and sexuality as its exclusive concerns.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen K, Denmark: Koebenhavns Universitet * Sociologisk Institut. Koordinationen for Koensforskning , 2019. no 3-4, p. 3-11
Keywords [en]
Queer Death Studies; death; dying; mourning; queerfeminist theory; posthumanities; gender
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-160265OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-160265DiVA, id: diva2:1351395
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Ecologies of Death: Environment, Body and Ethics in Contemporary Art
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-00467Available from: 2019-09-15 Created: 2019-09-15 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved

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