Borrowed Time: on death, dying & change

Borrowed Time:

on death, dying & change

 October 31 – November 2, 2021

and at other times too

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What constitutes ‘a good death’? How do we know death, personally? What room do we make for the dead –– within our relationships, our ways of speaking, our shared geographies? And how might the insights of end-of-life care and death practices help us to navigate the fundamental unsustainability of the dominant culture, and to better imagine what comes after it. 

From now until the end of November 2021 we are opening a space to explore these and other questions pertaining to death, dying and change, and to ask what dying has to teach us about living well, and living sustainably. 

We proposed our theme before the world was gripped by a global pandemic. Whilst still overshadowed by civilisation’s ongoing extermination of the natural world, Borrowed Time’s parallel, human thread – our relationship with and understanding of personal dying – has most certainly been sharpened by the more than a million lives lost so far to Covid 19.   

We are now designing the main event, which will happen October 31 to November 2. We very much hope that this will be a face2face event at our usual venue, Dartington Hall in South Devon, England. But we’re all too keenly aware there will be things that mitigate against that possibility. At best we believe we may be able to host a socially-distanced event with limited numbers but with plenty of guests and presenters joining us virtually from across the world. We’re planning on a host of workshop offers, many of which will be clustered around these dates, some (or even many) of which will take place virtually. We’re planning on the basis not of what we may or may not be allowed to do by our populist government, but what we should be doing to protect all involved.

We will close Borrowed Time joining with our friends at ONCA as they mark the 10th anniversary of their renowned Remembrance Day for Lost Species at the end of November. 

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[main image: Fallen Bee (detail) Sarah Gillespie]

 

Borrowed Time events programme (featured events)

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October 31, 2021
Keynote: Bayo Akomolafe

Keynote: Bayo Akomolafe

A fugitive to the manicured the disciplinarity of the academe, public intellectual, lecturer, author, father of Alethea and Kyah, ... Read More

October 31, 2021
Keynote: Paul Michael Henry

Keynote: Paul Michael Henry

Paul Michael Henry is a Scottish performance artist, dancer and musician. His work is informed by ... Read More

November 1, 2021
Keynote: Caroline Hickman

Keynote: Caroline Hickman

Caroline Hickman is a psychotherapist who teaches at the University of Bath and is a member of the ... Read More

Borrowed Time events archive/gallery

July 2, 2021
In Conversation : Sophie Pierce

In Conversation : Sophie Pierce

Sophie Pierce is a writer and broadcaster who worked as a reporter and producer for the BBC for over ... Read More

June 23, 2021
Keynote: Dr Rachel Clarke

Keynote: Dr Rachel Clarke

Dr Rachel Clarke gives the first Borrowed Time keynote address on June 23, 2021 ... Read More
December 11, 2020
In Conversation: Stephen Jenkinson with Christos Galanis

In Conversation: Stephen Jenkinson with Christos Galanis

A conversation between Stephen Jenkinson and Christos Galanis on December 11 2020 ... Read More
November 20, 2020
In Conversation: Yuli Somme with Richard Povall

In Conversation: Yuli Somme with Richard Povall

A conversation between Yuli Somme and Richard Povall in November 2020 ... Read More
October 30, 2020
In Conversation: Pascale Petit with Mat Osmond

In Conversation: Pascale Petit with Mat Osmond

A conversation between Pascale Petit and Mat Osmond on Friday October 30 starting at 13.00 GMT ... Read More

 


News

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Queer Death Society zine

Queer Death Society zine

This mixed media creation is made up of creative and academic contributions from people around the world on the subjects ... Read More
Rachel Clarke keynote

Rachel Clarke keynote

On Friday June 23, we were delighted to have Dr Rachel Clarke as the first keynote speaker for Borrowed Time ... Read More
Join the BT Facebook Group

Join the BT Facebook Group

We have created a Facebook Group for Borrowed Time. If you want to join in on the conversation before (and ... Read More
Registration information

Registration information

Registrations are offered on the assumption that we will have a face2face meeting in November with some people attending remotely ... Read More
Programme planning

Programme planning

The call for proposals has now closed. We'd like to thank the more-than 200 of you who sent in a ... Read More
Autumn conversations

Autumn conversations

We are launching Borrowed Time with a series of online conversations relating to the themes of death and dying. Each ... Read More

 


Articles, related events and more…

Queer Death Society zine

Queer Death Society zine

This mixed media creation is made up of creative and academic contributions from people around the world on the subjects ... Read More
Mourning our pets

Mourning our pets

Our friend Yuli Somme from Bellacouche has sent this beautiful piece I remember years ago my daughter cradling her dead ... Read More
Goodness and acceptance

Goodness and acceptance

Thanks to Caspar Henderson @casparhenderson for sharing these words from Iris Murdoch: “Goodness is connected with the acceptance of real ... Read More
Ear plugs...

Ear plugs…

There was once a tradition in Hookland of sextons and gravediggers wearing special ear plugs to prevent the dead whispering ... Read More
Sophie Pierce in The Observer

Sophie Pierce in The Observer

Sophie Pierce is in conversation with art.earth’s Richard Povall on Friday April 9. She will be talking about her son ... Read More
The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal

The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal

Call for Papers for The 15th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and DisposalIn increasingly fractured and ... Read More

 


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We don’t really know what’s going to happen at First Friday as it’s a takeover by the students from the new MA Arts & Place at Dartington Arts School @DartingtonArts We’ll be coming to you live from Dartington… https://art-earth.org.uk/first-friday-august-6/

Sadly despite early promise we are unable to invite any in-person guests to First Friday. There is just too much Covid about. We’ll be coming to you live from Dartington. Please visit https://art-earth.org.uk/first-friday-august-6/ to find the Zoom link.

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