Conversations at the End of Life

Language and Interaction in Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care

The Ohio State University Center for Folklore Studies
Friday, February 7, 2014 – 8:30am – 4:15pm
Ohio Union, Senate Chamber
Event Program here


End-of-life planning and practices, including Advance Care Planning (ACP), hospice, and palliative care, bring together a range of social actors. Patients, loved ones, doctors, nurses, social workers, clergy, and other engaged parties differ in their perspectives, relationship to the patient’s care, and degrees of comfort with questions of death and dying. Institutional, cultural, and emotional divides can create conflicts of understanding or the simple lack of a vocabulary with which to address end-of-life planning. How can we ensure that patient wishes are voiced, heard, and respected?

This one-day symposium presents new collaborative interdisciplinary research, bringing medical practitioners, caregivers, and patients together with ethnographers of language and social interaction. Together, we will work to imagine holistic approaches for talking toward and through the end of life.

Co-sponsored by the College of Nursing Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care, the Division of General Internal Medicine, & the Humanities Institute

About livelongday

Associate Professor of German Studies, Director of Graduate Studies Co-Editor of Critical Multilingualism Studies | Co-Investigator, Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law, and the State (2014–2017)
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