The call for paper proposals is now closed.
This graduate conference aims to bring together students from various academic disciplines who work on topics in the study of religion and welcomes various methodological approaches and need not be exclusively within the study of religion.
Conceptions, perceptions, and imaginations of life after death reflect continued interest in theories of reward, punishment, and postmortem existence. Studies range from the ancient to modern periods and, as Ernest Becker points out in his seminal work The Denial of Death, “one of the great discoveries of modern thought [is] that of all things that move man, one of the principal ones is his terror of death”. How are ideas of death and life after death conveyed across human history, and how are they applied in society and practice? Life after death continues to be a topic that persists in its significance for humans of the past, present, and likely future.