To view this PAPER PRESENTATION, search for the session title in the Browse by Titlelisting. (See the session title located immediately below ["In Session:"])
In Session: Silence, Solitude, and Social Change in Contemporary Asia
3: Silence at the end of life: multivocality at the edges of narrative possibility
Monday, March 22, 2021
12:30pm – 2:00pm EDT
Leiden University, Netherlands
This paper focuses on silence and speech in end-of-life care in Aceh, Indonesia. Drawing on the story of one HIV-positive woman caring for her critically ill children, it draws out multivocal narrative expressions that both do and do not refer to dying and analyzes their affective force and the histories and social inequalities that they may silently reverberate. Joining scholarship on end-of-life care in Asia that complicates a clear distinction between talking and not talking about dying in end-of-life care, this paper suggests that listening to narrative expressions in between articulation and non-articulation offer one possibility to write with silences at the edges of narrative possibility and attend to what Mary Steedly (1993) has called "the social production of ephemerality."