This Monday starts 'New perspectives on Death'

Francisco Jarauta, in a file image. / c7

It takes place from Monday, the 9th, until Friday, at 7:00 p.m., at the Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country of Gran Canaria

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

Between Monday, May 9, and Friday, May 13, always at 7:00 p.m., the
Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country of Gran Canaria (RSEAPGC) hosts the seminar 'New perspectives on death'.

It is directed by the writer and sociologist
Anthony Bridgeinaugurates the philosopher
Francisco Jarauta and the magistrate closes
Arcadio Diaz Tejera.

the singer-songwriter
Aristides Moreno puts a touch of humor to the Seminar with a presentation set to music on the fact of dying "without previous experience".

From the loneliness of farewells during the pandemic to the televised invasion of Ukraine, the contemplation of death has increasingly become part of our daily lives, with its consequent silence and trivialization. Probing the new parameters to address this
immortal freakfrom a multidisciplinary perspective, is the objective of these conferences.

variety of approaches

Thus, they will cover from more theoretical aspects, such as anthropology, literature, sociology or thought, to the description of the
new experiences of death in a practical sense, with aspects such as the restrictions on express wakes, the feelings of the dying and their companions, the waves of deaths due to
growing exoduses and migrationsor even a certain defensive mood before the arrival of the Grim Reaper, and with special attention, in various sessions, to the historical evolution of the indicators and characteristics of dying in the Canary Islands.

Death and its edges: thinking about death, talking about death, judging death, quantifying death, recounting death, minimizing or exalting it, sacralizing death, singing about it, painting it, dreaming about it or laughing at death... These are proposals that will be on the table from
reflection and discussion in this seminar that seems opportune to review what meaning we give and how our relationship with death has changed in a society, the current one, resilient in a pandemic, engaged in wars that extend to the living room of our homes and with messages from some sectors of the judiciary, politics and the media, which appeal to
deontological codes a century ago to question the advisability of speaking in public about suicides and uxoricides, while in all information channels -printed, audiovisual and digital-, the merchandise is a constant flow of death everywhere.

The boot provides the opportunity to listen to
Francisco Jarauta, philosopher and professor of Aesthetics at the University of Murciawhose presentation
'vulnerable'is already a declaration of principles to make clear what is being talked about when we talk about death in our time, and it is that, as Jarauta states, «the rapid and profound transformations that our time has undergone in recent decades, the unpredictability of changes, the agitation of events, have turned us into 'global spectators', something like someone who is forced to place himself in the perspective of events without being able to intervene in them».

The opening day of this seminar closes, at
8:00 p.m.with the presentation
'The trivialization of death in contemporary literature' by Antonio Puente, director of the seminar.

Puente's speech is peppered with images that highlight that
banality of deathand that, by extension, affects all dimensions of daily life.

«It is logical that when the niches resemble apartment blocks; crematoria become one of the few non-smoke-free spaces allowed, the old hearses simulate mere delivery vans, death is already the prosaic nature of oblivion, ”says Puente.

the whole program

-Monday, May 9

7:00 p.m.: Opening conference. Francisco Jarauta, philosopher, professor of Aesthetics at the University of Murcia. 'Vulnerable'.

8:00 pm: Antonio Puente, sociologist, writer and journalist. 'The trivialization of death in contemporary literature'

-Tuesday, May 10

7:00 p.m.: Francisco Jarauta, philosopher, professor of Aesthetics at the University of Murcia. 'Political fragments on death'

8:00 pm: Santiago Henríquez, Professor of English Philology at the ULPGC. 'The Victorian representation of death in the English cemetery of San José (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)'.

Wednesday, May 11

7:00 p.m.: The treatment of death in the media. Alicia Mederos, journalist, Canarian Television. Javier Durán, journalist and columnist, editor-in-chief of La Provincia.

20 hours: Death and the psyche. María Asunción González de Chávez, psychologist, retired professor of Health Sciences at the ULPGC. Juan Ignacio Romón, economist and psychologist.

-Thursday, May 12

7:00 p.m.: Dying in the Canary Islands. Comparative analysis and historical evolution. Paulino Guedes, historian, professor of History at the IES Blas Cabrera Felipe, Arrecife (Lanzarote). Aboriginal necropolises, a didactic proposal; Aniano Hernández, sociologist, professor of Sociology at the ULPGC. Sociological indicators of mortality in the Islands; José Miguel Perera, professor of Spanish Language and Literature at the IES Doramas, Moya (Gran Canaria). death in rural areas.

-Friday, May 13

7:00 p.m.: Closing conference. Arcadio Díaz Tejera, magistrate. 'Migrations and death'

8 pm: Arístides Moreno, singer-songwriter. 'Variations of a dead person without experience' (musical presentation).

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