Construal of Suffering Through Spaces Associated With Death
From Yew Ming YAP
Through the autoethnographic aspects of her research in death studies, Khyati aims to discuss how death and suffering within the cultural, institutional, and ritual-based spaces associated with death have varied meanings. While dissecting these spaces to understand the specifics, she will present an anatomy of suffering (in the context of death and dying) and the nature of its interaction with these (in)tangible spaces to argue for a non-absolute and dynamic relationship between spaces (associated with death) and suffering. This is a relationship that rests on an interplay of overt (e.g., socio-cultural) and covert (e.g., psychological) factors vital to exploring the experiences of suffering, the witnessing of it, and how it is responded to.
Justin TSE is Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture (Education) in the College of Integrative Studies at Singapore Management University. He was lead editor of Theological Reflections on the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (Palgrave, 2016) and is working on the manuscript The Secular as Sheets of Scattered Sand: Cantonese Protestants and Pacific Secularities (in preliminary agreement, University of Notre Dame Press). In addition to Big Questions, he teaches a module entitled Publics and Privates on the Pacific Rim.