I want to die: The contemporary writer and their suicide
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From the turn of the 20th century, debates over the meaning of suicide became a privileged site for efforts to discover the reasons why people commit suicide and how to prevent this behavior. Since Durkheim published his study Suicide (1897), a reframing of suicide took place, giving rise to a flourishing group of researchers devoting their efforts to understand better the causes and prevention of suicide. A century later, we still keep on trying to reach such an understanding of suicide to prevent suicidal behaviors. In searching for solutions to how to make life valuable, modern neuropsychiatric research alone is not able to offer such a chance to people. Self-reflection and self-analysis, like those made by contemporary writers who committed suicide, seem a good alternative. To explore the place where reasons end, in addition to traditional suicidology studies, we count on literature and the experience of authors who committed suicide as invaluable resources to approach this topic. This seminar is for experts to analyze the social and contextual causes of suicide, the existential, philosophical, and psychological reasons for committing suicide, and the prevention strategies that we can learn from contemporary writers' suicide testimonials and experiences worldwide. Such an analysis will serve the purpose of understanding better the phenomenon of suicide, its inaccessible impulses, and provide space to think of how their suicides might have been prevented to help others.
Submission: 1-31 October, 2021
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