Death and the Sacred Symposium, 22nd Mar

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Date: Friday 22nd March 2019
Location: The Brooks Building, 53 Bonsall St, Manchester M15 6GX
Tickets: 9am – 6pm
Tickets: Tickets are £55 for full delegate rate, and £30 for subsidised delegate rate. Book your ticket here.

This symposium will focus on literature, arts and practice where individuals, groups, artists and writers explore a range of topics and themes deemed sacred and their interaction with death. Across all religions and cultures, death and dying has always loomed over sacred sites, texts, practices and journeys, and death has always commanded ritual and sacred attention. The theme ‘death and the sacred’, therefore, provides a fruitful topic for thinking about how the uniquely ordained, set aside, extraordinary features of particular locations and sites, bodies, practices and belief systems are influenced, reformed and re-purposed by death.
Along with considering the sacred nature of death, the symposium will incorporate the contemplation and discussion of such issues as the dialogue between humanity and spirituality in the face of increasing globalisation, materialism, communication, consumerism, science and technology. As part of this quest, it will consider the degree to which the sacred is still tied to religious and theological identity, its seemingly non-religious forms, and whether the sacred is being regenerated or eroded to the point of death in contemporary society. It will consider connected issues such as the relation of the sacred to issues of community, mourning and loss, and it will contemplate the politics and ethics of the sacred in contemporary society.This interdisciplinary symposium aims to explore, analyse and debate the relationship between death and the sacred in art and narrative.

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