Settings of Dying
An interdisciplinary
perspective 2020–2023

Die Individualisierung führt in Sterbesettings zu neuen Formen der Religion. [Francis Müller]

A COOPERATION OF BERN UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES [BFH] AND ZÜRCH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS [ZHDK]

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    Currently, a growing interest in the end of life and in death and dying can be observed in society. Experiences with terminal illnesses and with professional end-of-life care provided through palliative care, are being increasingly discussed in the media and are becoming a focus within various research fields. In the applied research project, ‘Settings of Dying’, we combine formerly separate professional perspectives into an innovative, interdisciplinary approach.

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    Nine researchers contribute their expertise from cultural science, nursing science, the sociology of religion and design research. In cooperation with a practice partner, the Centre for Palliative Care at the Waid City Hospital in Zurich, we are examining the last phase of life of terminally ill patients. The following four fundamental components will be focused on: language, care, product and communication design, as well as religion. In collaboration with the practice partner, we also propose the redesign of communication materials and the design of care products, which should increase the scope of agency for dying persons, and promote their well-being.

    The project should furthermore enrich the exchange between health professionals, specialists in religion and other professionals. The dying persons along with their relatives, will also be included as much as possible in this exchange. A video-performing artist working closely with the team develops artistic formats based on the findings of the research, which are aimed at the general public. 

    Wie schwach ich inzwischen geworden bin. Mein Körper ist ein sterbendes Tier.[Cory Taylor, Sterben, 2017]

    Where am I going? Nobody knows. An absolute otherness, knowingless. [Jenny Diski, In Gratitude, 2016]

    Patient*innen in palliativen Situationen leben nicht auf einer Insel. [Roland Kunz]