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I have left yesterdays post unfinished. Too all over the place. Not really what I wanted to say. What do I want to say? Since the election, I have felt stymied. Where to look, what to reflect on. All directions seem like dead ends. I know I am not the only one who feels this way.

I am chafing because this broken sofa is so uncomfortable. The replacement comes on wednesday. So I might get some benefit from it. I had to guess about comfort. It looked nice on line.

Dear ———–

I apologise for the lateness of my reply. Unfortunately I had to have some urgent treatment and it knocked me back, so I’ve missed your abstract deadline. Below I have sketched out a proposed (unorthodox) paper, but I entirely understand if it is too late to consider it. And I am also happy to revise or work through my ideas further if it is not too late to consider my proposal.

With best wishes,
Deborah

ABSTRACT (I haven’t come up with a title yet)
This paper will constitute a sequence of meditations on the subject of death, dying and social media/tion. Drawing directly from and addressing the questions set out in the call for papers for this special issue, the author will aim to springboard from her particular vantage point as a dying person who uses social media in a variety of ways, to consider the transforming ecologies of mourning and the place of dying in the emergent spaces of social media and virtual portals to bridge the personal and the political. In so doing, the paper will aim to work through key feminist political questions concerning bodily self sovereignty, the broader raced, classed and gendered cultural imaginary and the place of mourning in the analogy of the personal body in crisis and the myriad crises of the body politic at this significant and difficult cultural moment. Particularly with the outcomes of Brexit and the Trump victory in the USA elections, this is a time of crisis and loss as the complex consensus of liberal democracy have broken down and neoliberal ethics and body affective practices are morphing into isolationist nationalisms, writ large, and the resurgence of movements against justice and equality.

Professor Deborah Lynn Steinberg
Chair GFSS
Department of Sociology
University of Warwick

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