ABDD11, Sept 2019

Call for papers

Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe, International Conference (ABDD11)

On behalf of the Scientific and Organizing Committee, we are very pleased to invite you to attend the eleventh edition of “Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe, International Conference” (ABDD11), which will take place, as always, at the “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Romania, between 26th and 28th September 2019.

With its unique friendly atmosphere, our interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary conference offers an excellent opportunity for academics, experts and practitioners from diverse fields such as history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, medicine, literary studies, theology, or architecture to network and to share knowledge, experiences and research findings on a variety of themes concerning death and dying, such as the followings:

  • challenges of grieving in a digital age
  • old and contemporary meanings of the ‘good’ death 
  • ageing well, dying well and their reverses 
  • death, dying and the postmodern search for meaning 
  • the great equaliser and the socioeconomic inequalities in dying 
  • death and dying within the entertainment industry
  • dreaming, theorising and designing immortality today
  • the rise of the undead in movies and game industry
  • the art and rituals of photographing the dead nowadays
  • (not so) changing attitudes towards death 
  • new theories and ideologies of death
  • cultural memory and the landscapes of death
  • death anxiety and the promises of new age movement
  • the dying brain: mind, identity, agency
  • medicalization and de-medicalization of death
  • suicide and capital punishment in times of ‘happiology’
  • enduring ethical challenges of organ donation
  • personal narratives of death and dying 

Those interested are invited to submit a proposal of roughly 250-300 words, followed by 3-5 key-words, no later than August 1, 2019 to both mrotar2000@yahoo.com and adriana.teodorescu@gmail.com. Please include also a short bio of yourself, indicating your academic title/affiliation, research interests, significant publications etc. Authors will be notified of the abstract acceptance by August 10, 2019.

Selected papers could be considered for publication in a collective volume or in an international journal.

As our tradition demands, the karaoke show will be part of this edition too.

Conference organization


  • “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, Romania
  • National Museum of Unification, Alba Iulia, Romania
  • Alba County Council


  • “Amurg. Romanian Cremation Association”
  • “Romanian Association for Death Studies”

Conference Committee:

  • Marius Rotar (Romania)
  • Peter C. Jupp (UK)
  • Tony Walter (UK)
  • Corina Rotar (Romania)
  • Adriana Teodorescu (Romania)
  • Victor Tudor Roșu (Romania)
  • Cristina Douglas (UK)
  • Lucian Teodorescu (Romania)
  • Aleksandra Pavicevic (Serbia)
  • Marina Sozzi (Italy)

Keynote speakers

To be announced soon. 

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submissionAugust 1, 2019
Notification of acceptanceAugust 10, 2019
Registration endsSeptember 10, 2019
Conference September 26-28, 2019

Conference fee and registration

The conference fee is 45 EUR. It must be paid after the notification of acceptance here:

Name of the account holder

Asociatia Cremationista Amurg
AdressLatureni, 12, Hunedoara
International Bank Account Number (IBAN)RO 07 BTRL 0630 4205 K646 06XX
Bank Identification COD SWIFT (BIC)BTRL RO21 HD1

When paying report specific information: (mandatory!): Dying and Death Conference

Other information

Please note that the costs of travel and accommodation will NOT be covered by the organizers. Meals and coffee breaks will be provided.

If your proposal will be accepted, we advise you to book your flights to Cluj-Napoca airport, Sibiu airport or Tîrgu-Mureș airport.

Some information regarding the history of our conference (2007-2015) could be read here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07481187.2016.1257876