Borrowed Time: on death, dying & change
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.
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