The Spectre of Dying Alone: A Manga of Lonely Death in Japan

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Date(s) - 08/12/2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Japanese Studies Centre


Trans-Asia as Method seminar, jointly organised with Japanese Studies Centre

Presenter: Professor Anne Allison Duke University, USA

Discussant: Associate Professor Gil-Soo Han, Monash University

In an era of high aging/low birth-rate demographics, more and more Japanese are older; fewer and fewer are getting married or having children and single households are on the rise. As living alone becomes increasingly the norm, so does dying alone: a prospect that is fed by a flood of news reporting around the phenomenon of bodies discovered days, weeks, even months after a death “unrecognised by anyone else” (kizuite moraenai shi). Generally called solitary or lonely death (koritsushi, kodokushi), how this gets configured in media representations as a state of social abjection (not only for the person dying but also for those left with the mess and smell of their death afterwards) is what I examine in this presentation…

Light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes by Monday 5 December 2016.