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Third issue JLGC published

On 1 February 2015 the third issue of the Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference, titled 'Death: Absence, Anxiety, and Aesthetics', was published.

Edited by PhD researchers from LUCAS (Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society), the peer-reviewed, Open Access journal was launched in 2013 and provides a platform for the best papers presented at the biennial LUCAS Graduate Conference.

Taking its cue from the last edition of the LUCAS Graduate Conference (January 2013), on the theme of 'Death, the Cultural Meaning of the End of Life', the third issue explores the cultural dynamics surrounding the topic of death. A collection of five articles written by early-career scholars from various backgrounds, issue three builds on the previous issue’s investigation of the Conference theme. Reaching across time from the early-modern Mughal Empire through to the present day, this issue includes investigations of hospice-based portrait photography, real and staged crime scene images, public memorial architecture and monuments, artistic studies of a dying courtier, and a Tolstoy novella. While offering diverse insights tied to the themes of absence, anxiety, and aesthetics, these articles illustrate how humankind devotes a considerable part of our cultural production to grappling with death and dying.

Like the first and second issues, this edition was produced entirely by graduate students. The five authors, Jadwiga Kamola, Veronika Riesenberg, Sabina Tanovic, Cheryl Ann Palyu, and Nur Soliman, all based their articles on the papers they delivered at the 2013 LUCAS Graduate Conference, and were assisted by an editorial board consisting of LUCAS-affiliated PhD candidates. Headed by series editor Linda Bleijenberg and editors-in-chief Odile Bodde and Jenneka Janzen, the board consisted of Stephanie Glickman, Frederik Knegtel, Heribert Korte, David Louwrier, and Sara Polak. Various other PhD candidates at the LUCAS served as the journal’s peer reviewers and assisted with the layout.

The Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference appears annually. It aims to combine the opportunities offered by digital publishing with the best practices in traditional publishing, including a double-blind peer review procedure, rigorous selection and an extensive revision/editing process. The editorial board seeks to publish papers that combine an innovative approach with fresh ideas and sound research, and reflect on LUCAS’ main research theme: the relationship between the arts, visual as well as textual, and society. Preparations for the next issue, to be published on 1 February 2016, will begin shortly.

The third issue of the journal is available via the Digital Repository of the Leiden University Library, and via the JLGC website. A direct link to the full PDF is provided below. For more information, please contact Jenneka Janzen.

Our policy aligns with Creative Common License CC BY-NC-ND: we welcome all readers to download and share our articles and issues freely, as long as the author and Journal are appropriately credited. JLGC material cannot however be altered or used commerically. For more information on our policy under Creative Commons, read the CC BY-NC-ND license deed.

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