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Living With the Prospect of Assisted Dying

Anita Hannig , June 15th, 2022

[no-caption] The Real Tokyo Life/Getty Images Excerpted from The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America by Anita Hannig. © 2022 by Anita Hannig….


Haunted by a Secret War

Leah Zani , May 10th, 2022

In Old Sepon in Savannakhet province, Laos, a temple wall riddled with bullet holes and shrapnel scars hints at war’s remains. Leah Zani Excerpted from Strike Patterns: Notes…


Reinterpreting Life and Death in Ancient Nubia

Michele R. Buzon , May 4th, 2022

Research team members excavate a tumulus burial structure. Michele R. Buzon This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished with Creative Commons. Circu…


Memorializing Death in an Age of Mass Mortality: Keywords of Covid-19 by Richard C. Keller

Richard C. Keller , February 28th, 2022

How do we remember death when it constitutes our landscape? In an age of ubiquitous mortality—not only pandemic deaths, but also deaths from meteorological disasters, deaths of migrants…


Raiding Graves—Not to Rob but to Remember

Alison Klevnäs and Astrid A. Noterman , January 27th, 2022

Reconstruction of a chamber grave from eastern France. B. Clarys/PCR espaces et pratiques funéraires en Alsace aux époques mérovingienne et carolingienne This article was originally publ…


I Carry My Grief With Me, but I Also Carry My Joy

Justin D. Wright , November 26th, 2021

When you lose someone the future dies. Or, at least, the one with them, that you thought about with them, in it. I imagine any relationship that ends…


Mourning Kin After the End of Cannibalism

Aparecida Vilaça , November 9th, 2021

Clockwise from top left: (1) Indigenous Wari’ dwellings in Amazonia, Brazil. (2) The author (middle) with her adopted father, Paletó (right), in 2012. (3) The author interviewing Wari’…


Archaeology’s Role in Finding Missing Indigenous Children in Canada

Eric Simons and Katherine L. Nichols , September 29th, 2021

A memorial of 104 orange hearts, created by the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation’s Tiwahe (family) Services, stands in honor of missing children from the Brandon Indian Residential School…


Why Couldn’t Iron Age People Throw Some Stuff Away?

Lindsey Büster , September 14th, 2021

It is often hard to part with the objects left behind by loved ones—even everyday things. Ashton/Flickr I have been told many stories by people who found it…


Anthony Stavrianakis’s Leaving: A Narrative of Assisted Suicide by Ari Gandsman

Ari Gandsman , August 4th, 2021

Leaving: A Narrative of Assisted Suicide Anthony Stavrianakis University of California Press, 2000. 248 pages. Everyone discovers an academic doppelgänger at some point. We invest ti…


Stepping into the hospital side room: a place for death in England by Erica Borgstrom

Erica Borgstrom , July 16th, 2021

I hovered in the doorway as the palliative care nurse who I was shadowing that day indicated I should. She entered the darkened side room to check on…


#Bookreview: Dying to Eat

Rituparna Patgiri , July 15th, 2021

Dying to Eat: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death, and the Afterlife (2018), edited by Candi K. Cann, is an interdisciplinary study that cuts across various approaches, including the…


Reading Lists: Residential Schools and Canadian Colonialism

Josh Lepawsky , July 1st, 2021

Content warning: this article covers topics of colonialism and genocide in Canada. In early June of 2021 news reports emerged about the remains of Indigenous children buried in…

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Discovering Africa’s Oldest Burial

Alison Crowther and Patrick Faulkner , June 8th, 2021

This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. Africa is often referred to as the cradle of humankind—the birthplace of our…


An Excavation of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sarah Ives , May 26th, 2021

[no-caption] Kim Herbst With over 131 million people fully vaccinated in the U.S. and numbers of new infections dropping nationwide, some have started to declare the “end” of…


Reading Lists: Waste Colonialism and Palestine

guestauth0r , May 19th, 2021

When there’s conflict, academics and teachers will often put together a reading list or syllabus to show the breadth and depth of knowledge on a topic that is…

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Abou Farman’s On Not Dying: Secular Immortality in the Age of Technoscience by Purbasha Mazumdar

Purbasha Mazumdar , April 16th, 2021

On Not Dying: Secular Immortality in the Age of Technoscience Abou Farman University of Minnesota Press, 2020. 360 pages.  Max More, a trained philosopher and the present Ambassador and…


Death as Something We Make

Mara Buchbinder , April 8th, 2021

[no-caption] Rouzes/Getty Images Renee (a pseudonym) closed her eyes, lay her head in her brother’s arms, and gently drew her last breath. Minutes before, she had chugged a…


#Review: The Kiss of Death

Kristin Gupta , March 17th, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage many places in the world, it is hard to imagine a book that is more timely or prescient than Andrea Kitta’s…


Living in a Time When “Death Feels Closer”

Kristin Gupta , February 2nd, 2021

“I know I’m young, and dying isn’t something I’m ‘supposed’ to think about yet, but how can I not? Death feels like it is everywhere,” earnestly intoned Autumn,…


What a “Safe and Dignified” Burial Means During a Pandemic

Ivo Ngade , January 14th, 2021

Bamileke community members typically mourn the deaths of loved ones through drumming, singing, and other collective rituals. Bobyphoto/Wikimedia Commons A few months into the pandemic, a …


COVID-19 measures and industrial workplaces

guestauth0r , January 5th, 2021

The obsession that media has had with small businesses has hidden the most aggressive public health measures are missing the biggest driver of the pandemic: large industrial workplaces.

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Facing COVID-19 as an Undocumented Essential Worker

Linda E. Sanchez , December 3rd, 2020

Many immigrants in the U.S. continue working in agriculture and other essential sectors amid new pandemic safety protocols. Brent Stirton/Getty Images One afternoon in mid-April, I was si…


What’s Left Unsaid When a Language Dies

Sophie Chao , November 19th, 2020

“Transition” by Papua New Guinean artist Philemon Yalamu. From Papua New Guinea: A New Dawn by Fondazione Imago Mundi/Luciano Benetton Collection. A Death in the Rainforest: How a Languag…