CfP "Anticipating Afterlife – Moral and economical ways to prepare for after life" IUAES inter-congress 2022


Dear colleagues,

Please consider submitting a paper abstract for the panel

“Anticipating Afterlife – Moral and economical ways to prepare for after life”
(Commission for Migration)

at the IUAES inter-congress in St.-Petersburg, 25-31 May 2022

deadline for submissions: 31 January 2022

Panel Details

Format: hybrid
Convenors: Dr. Worku Nida, Dr. Sabine Klocke-Daffa, Dr. Sophia Thubauville

For many societies worldwide, social security is one of the most
pressing issues to be addressed. If states have few social benefits to
offer, individuals must make their own provisions for times of crisis.
Rather than relying exclusively on formal? ways of support, new
possibilities have been sought which allow for maintaining familial
obligations and social norms without threatening individual economic
wellbeing. However, some forms of social security have been so
successful that they have been adopted in diaspora communities in host
countries with very sophisticated social security systems. Caring for
the future entails the care for the life of the living as well as for
the afterlife of the dead. Funerals are figuring among the most
elaborate and costly social events of a family or community consuming
large amounts of financial and material resources. Some diaspora
communities are also faced with the high costs of repatriation of
bodies of the deceased. In order to cover the expenses, new forms of
safeguarding have been accessed and creatively developed. Among them
are rotating credit associations, funeral and life insurances, and the
negotiation of "death benefits" as part of work contracts. Getting
engaged in one of the "caring units" are locals as well as external
family members and international diaspora communities. This panel aims
to discuss the creative ways in which people deal with the challenges
they face due to the high cost of caring for the afterlife. We invite
papers that focus either on forms of social security, on funerals, and
/or care for the afterlife.

Submission guidelines:
Submit here:


Worku, Sabine and Sophia