Playing Dead


Thursday 17 May 2018, 9.00AM to 5.00pm

Speaker: Professor Christopher Partridge (Lancaster University)

Call for papers

It is the aim of this one-day symposium to explore the intersections that exist between death, culture and play. Play is used in a board sense to mean leisure activities more generally and, as such, not only encapsulates the playing of (non-)digital games, but also the consumption of cinema, literature, comics, etc. Alongside a keynote address from Professor Christopher Partridge (Lancaster University) abstracts are sought from individuals wishing to present a twenty-minute paper.

Themes might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • death and the popular imagination
  • the presentation of death in literature and cinema
  • explorations of death and gaming
  • horror and the Gothics interactions with death
  • the dead and the undead
  • funerary rituals
  • dark tourism
  • presentation of the corpse in popular culture
  • memorialisation, digital culture, and media

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be supplied, along with a biography of up to 200 words to the email below by the 28 February 2018. You will be informed about the success of your abstract no later than 9 March 2018.

Location: Research Centre for Social Sciences, University of York

Admission: Booking for this event will open in March 2017.