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


ŞTEFAN BORBÉLY, PhD. (Department of World and Comparative Literature, University of Babeș-Bolyai, Romania): The Mythopoetics of Exhaustion: Old Boys and Girls of the Postmodern Era (Life is Still a Lollipop)

Dr. ŞTEFAN BORBÉLY (born: Oct. 31, 1953, Făgăraş, Romania) is a Professor at the Department of World and Comparative Literature of The Faculty of Letters in Cluj, Romania (Babes-Bolyai University). He holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature (1999). Starting as an editorial member of the student literary journal Echinox, edited in Cluj, he made his debut in 1995, by publishing the volume of essays Grădina magistrului Thomas (Master Thomas’s Garden). His further books are: Xenograme (Xenograms, 1997), Visul lupului de stepă (The Steppenwolf’s Dream, 1999), De la Herakles la Eulenspiegel. Eroicul (From Herakles to Eulenspiegel. The Hero, 2001; 2nd ed. in 2013), Opoziţii constructive (Constructive oppositions, 2002), Matei Călinescu. Monografie (Matei Calinescu. A monography, 2003), Cercul de graţie (The Circle of Grace, 2003), Proza fantastică a lui Mircea Eliade. Complexul gnostic (Mircea Eliade’s Fantastic Fiction. The Gnostic Complex, 2003), Mitologie generală I (General Mythology, I, 2004), Despre Thomas Mann si alte eseuri (On Thomas Mann and other Essays, 2005), O carte pe săptămână (A Book per Week, 2007), Pornind de la Nietzsche (Starting from Nietzsche, 2010), Existenţa diafană (The Serene Existence, 2011), Homo brucans şi alte eseuri (Homo brucans and Other Essays, 2012), Civilizaţii de sticlă. Utopie, distopie, urbanism (Glass Civilizations. Utopia, Dystopia, Urban Planning, 2013), Eseuri biblice (Biblical Essays, 2015), Simetrii şi discrepanţe (Symmetries and Discrepancies) 2017). He coordinated Experienţa externă (Experience Abroad, 1999), as well as Ion Pop – şapte decenii de melancolie şi literatură (Ion Pop – 7 Decades of Melancholy and Literature, 2011) and translated G.M. Tamas’s essays into Romanian (Idola tribus, 2001). He is a member of the Romanian Writers’ Union and contributing editor for The Journal for Psychohistory. He has contributed to many literary dictionaries and encyclopedias such as: Dicţionarul Scriitorilor Români (The Romanian Writers’ Dictionary, DSR, vol. 1-4), Dicţionarul Esenţial al Scriitorilor Români (the abbreviated version of the previous work, DESR), Dicţionar Analitic de Opere Literare Româneşti (The Analytical Dictionary of the Romanian Literary Works, vol. 1-4), The Facts on File Companion to the World Novel (2008). Scholarships: four New Europe College (Bucharest) scholarships during 1996 and 2004; East European Scholar, St. John’s College, Oxford, UK, June (1999); Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Indiana University, Bloomington, US (March-Nov. 1992); visiting fellow in New York: at Columbia University and at The Institute for Psychohistory respectively (1997, 1999, 2000); visiting fellow, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2001), Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (Institute of Advanced Study, 2009), and Universidad de Granada, Spain (2012). He has got several literay prizes from the Cluj chapter of the Romanian Writers’ Union and the Lucian Blaga Prize of The Romanian Academy in 2012. He publishes frequently in Convorbiri literare. Contact: stefanborbely@yahoo.com. Internet: http://sites.google.com/site/stefanborbely


ILONA PAJARI, PhD. (University of Jyväskylä, Finland): Death and Politics. Contested Deaths in War and Peace

Dr. ILONA PAJARI is a social historian of Finnish death, its rituals and social contexts in war and peace. Her research topics range from war death to secular burials and from manner guides’ etiquette instructions to cemetery design. She is the founding member and present Chair of the Finnish Death Studies Association and a co-editor of Thanatos, a peer-reviewed, online journal that promotes interdisciplinary research on death and dying.


PANAGIOTIS PENTARIS, PhD. (University of Greenwich, UK), Death Affairs: The Political and The Personal

Dr. PANAGIOTIS PENTARIS is a Senior Lecturer/Assoc. Professor for the Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling at the University of Greenwich. He is also a Research Fellow for the Faiths & Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths University of London. His research is concerned with sociological conceptions of death, as well as the intersection of religious studies and thanatology with implications in policy and practice. Since 2017, he serves on the council of the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS) as an elected member. Further, he acts in the role of a trustee member for IARS, Country Director and representative for the International Peace Centre in Africa, Death Café practitioner for the death movement, and is a member of several academic boards and ethics committees. Panagiotis is also a qualified social worker, and has practiced internationally in the areas of end of life care and migration and loss.

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