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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 - Friday, 31 March 2017

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Celebrating Life and Understanding Loss in Contemporary Society

Starts: Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Speaker: Michael Brennan (Department of Social Science)

In this talk, Dr Michael Brennan reflects upon the significance of loss as an intrinsic and inescapable part of life. An understanding of, and preparedness for death - as the most significant of all losses - continues to provide the single greatest challenge facing us as humans. In the modern age, humans have contrived to keep death at bay through all manner of subterfuge, from unconscious denial of our mortal being, to symbolic bids for immortality through the legacy of the creative works we leave behind, to renewed popular interest in cryonics. A recognition that we are finite is an important step in the affirmation of life, providing a fitting reminder of Seneca’s maxim to live each day as if it were our last. And while in the last couple of decades we appear to have made significant progress as a society in how we deal with death and loss of various kinds, there remain significant challenges and tensions. This talk intends to stimulate further reflection on these issues as part of an ongoing wider public conversation about loss and how we respond to it.

Michael Brennan is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, whose research interests lie principally within the sociology of death and dying. Recent research and publications include: the study of bereavement and loss as a stimulus to creativity (Illness, Crisis & Loss), the uses of published ‘pathographies’ in contemporary culture (Omega: Journal of Death and Dying), and The A-Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical and Cultural Aspects (Greenwood). Prior to coming to Hope, he served as Director of the Center for Death Education and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, USA.



Category: Foundation Hour
Date: Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Time: 1pm
Venue : EDEN 130
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