Death in History, Culture, and Society is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary series of monographs and edited volumes. It is dedicated to social and cultural engagements with death across the globe. This includes synchronous studies of death during a specific period within a culture and studies with a cross-cultural approach; diachronous studies of death-related issues within a region, genre or culture; explorations of new death-related concepts and methodologies; or specific death-related inquiries. The focus may lie on concepts and definitions of death and dying; death rituals, both sacred and secular; social or cultural responses to death; issues of memory and identity related to death and loss; as well as individual, social or political strategies of integrating death and the dead into life.
Wolfgang Marx (PhD in Historical Musicology, 2002, University of Hamburg) is Associate Professor in Historical Musicology and a member of the UCD Humanities Institute at University College Dublin. His main research interests include the representation of death in music, the music of György Ligeti, post-truth and music, and the theory of musical genres. He is the author of Klassifikation und Gattungsbegriff in der Musikwissenschaft (Classification and the Concept of Genre in Musicology, 2004) and co-author of Lontano – ‘Aus weiter Ferne’. Zur Musiksprache und Assoziationsvielfalt György Ligetis (Lontano – ‘From far away’. On György Ligeti’s Musical Language and Range of Associations, 1997). Among his edited volumes are György Ligeti: Of Foreign Lands and Strange Sounds (2011), Eduard Hanslick, Aesthetic, Critical, and Cultural Contexts (2013), Death, Burial and the Afterlife. Dublin Death Studies (2014) and Who Telleth a Tale of Unspeaking Death? Dublin Death Studies 2 (2017). He has been editor of the Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft (2002-2012) and the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2004-2012).
Heather Sparling (PhD in Ethnomusicology and Musicology, 2006, York University) is the Canada Research Chair in Musical Traditions and Professor of Ethnomusicology at Cape Breton University (Canada). She researches Gaelic song in Nova Scotia, vernacular dance in Cape Breton, and Atlantic Canadian disaster songs. She has particular interests in vernacular memorialization and language revitalization through music. She is the author of Reeling Roosters & Dancing Ducks: Celtic Mouth Music (2014) and the forthcoming Disaster Songs as Intangible Memorials (Routledge). She curated the digital exhibit, Canary in the Mine: Nova Scotia Mining Disasters and Song and she maintains the project website, disastersongs.ca. She currently directs the Language in Lyrics project (languageinlyrics.com). She was editor of MUSICultures, the peer-reviewed journal of the Canadian Society for Traditional Music, for 10 years (2012-21). Fluent in both French and Scottish Gaelic, she is also the principal flutist with the Cape Breton Orchestra and learning to play the fiddle.
Those interested in social and cultural engagements with death across the globe. Keywords: death, loss, death-related issues, new death-related concepts and methodologies, death-related inquiries, dying, mourning, sacred death rituals, secular death rituals, funeral.