Borrowed Time: on death, dying & change

March 31 UPDATE

For many of us the world has become a very different place just in the last week, and certainly since we first envisioned this event.

Contrary to our previous announcement we are no longer planning to bring together 250+ people into a shared physical space in November. Beyond that, we honestly can’t say what we will now be able to do, nor when exactly we’ll be able to do it. We hope to make an announcement later this week about our plans.

For all that, our theme feels more relevant, not less. The radical uncertainty and vulnerability which our communities currently face only deepens our resolve to see Borrowed Time somehow come to pass. At the same time we’re well aware that the language of our Call for Papers feels oddly disconnected from the speed and the scale of the changes we currently find ourselves living through. So it’s not merely the where and the how of our gathering that are now up in the air: the way such a conversation is framed will surely need to be reimagined in light of current events. 

Such a re-imagining is not something we mean to do alone.   

The call for proposals is now closed.

And please, stay safe; take care of yourself and those around you.

And please, stay safe; take care of yourself and those around you.



Dartington Hall, November 2-4, 2020

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?

We invite you to our next creative summit where an end-of-life carer may find themselves sharing a conversation with a poet, a dancer or a climate scientist, and where the nature of our theme may steer such conversations towards the urgency, honesty and radical hospitality called for by a time of accelerating change.

The call for proposals is now closed – thank you to everyone who contributed.

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[Bee image: Sarah Gillespie End of the Summer (detail) mezzotint engraving]