Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

17-01 Continuing Conversations, Communicating Death

Monday, October 18, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the New Directions in Folklore Section


Chair: Kaitlyn L. Kinney (Independent)

7:00 pm
“I Can Still Talk to Her”: Threshold (Hospice Bedside) Singing as Dialogic Farewell Communication
Stefani Priskos (Independent)

7:15 pm
“Like a Piece of Spaghetti”: Cadavers as Food in Gross Anatomy Lab
Lisa Gabbert (Utah State University)

7:45 pm
The Dead Still Speak: Repiner Narratives and Conarration in the Death with Dignity Movement
Kaitlyn L. Kinney (Independent)

8:15 pm
“Teaching Us To Die”: How Film and Television Can Reshape Our Thoughts About Dying a “Good Death”
Darcy G. Anderson (Cal State University, Fullerton)

This panel is a continuation of last year’s inaugural offerings of the Folklore and Death interest group, an informal network of those whose work centers on the study of death and dying. Continuing these conversations from last year’s Death Cafe, this panel carries on our work in addressing death’s problematic place in the shifting American deathscape and the potential contributions folkloristics can make within death studies and work. This is accomplished by focusing on the relationship between the medicalization of death and vernacular communicative practices within the following deathscapes: Hospice care, medical labs, digital spaces, and popular culture.