Døden i livet

Death in life


About the presence of death in our culture

torsdag 11. oktober 2018, kl. 18:00 til kl. 20:00

Sal: Kverneland

Arrangør: Cappelen Damm Akademisk

Inngang: Gratis

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It is a widely held belief that death is not visible in our culture and that we talk little about it. The starting point for the anthology Death in Life is to challenge these conceptions from different perspectives and disciplines.

The authors emphasize that death is present in our lives in many ways:

  • We see it and experience it in our physical surroundings, for example, where we have set ourselves to remember the dead.
  • We hear it or read about it in speeches, poems, musical texts, hymns, obituaries, biographies, picture books, novels and newspaper texts.
  • We speak of death in conversations with one another, in the characteristics of the deceased through the professional language of illness and death.
  • We show our understanding of death through visual expressions such as newspaper images, book illustrations, and the linguistic images and metaphors we use when referring to it.


- Welcome to Simon Aase , publishing editor Cappelen Damm Akademisk

Presentation of two of the contributions:
- Olav Solberg : Across death. The boundary between living and dead in cultural-historical light,
- Hilde Bondevik and Lisbeth Thoresen : I stepped into another story. About Simone de Beauvoir's book A light and calm death

The editors present their contributions:
- Norunn Askeland and Aud Johannesen : Metaphors about illness and death
- Iben Brinch Jørgensen : Places of death
- Jorun Ulvestad : Newspapers first look when children die

There will be room for comments and questions from the audience.

The contributions are written by researchers from various disciplines such as health sciences, pedagogy, idea history, religious science, literature science, linguistics and rhetoric. The authors are employed at the University of Southeastern Norway and the University of Oslo.

The book will be released Open Access and available digitally free from noasp.no at launch date.