Tuesday 16 November 2021 Annemarie Samuels lectures on End of Life Care in the Research Seminar ‘Silence and Care at the End of Life: Multivocality at the Edges of Narrative Possibility’ at the Queen’s University Belfast. Focussing on the ways in which individuals practice end-of-life care, Annemarie Samuels explores how multiple modes of articulation and non-articulation of death and dying affect caregiving interactions within a particular socio-historical situation. This lecture will be held online and participation is free after registration.
Abstract of the Research Seminar
Over the past decades, there has been growing societal and academic interest in silence and speech around dying. Recent work in anthropology brings attention to the ways in which diverse, culturally situated, modes and moralities of articulation and non-articulation influence practices of end-of-life care. Contributing to this scholarly field, this talk draws on person-centered ethnographic research with people living with HIV/AIDS in Aceh, Indonesia, to theorize the multivocality of silences in care at the end of life. Focusing on the ways in which individuals practice end-of-life care, Annemarie Samuels explores how multiple modes of articulation and non-articulation of death and dying affect caregiving interactions within a particular socio-historical situation. Closely attending to narrative interactions, she suggests, allows us to better understand the ways in which individuals subjectively navigate the moral stakes of care and silence in advanced illness. Finally, the focus on silence in the analysis of multiple modes and models of end-of-life care opens up important questions for research in global palliative care.
More information and the link to the registration form can be found on the Anthropology Research Seminar webpage of Queen’s University Belfast website.