Introduction

The International Critical Suicide Studies Roundtable takes place on June 17 & June 18, 2021.

This roundtable will leverage our understanding of the current context (including but not limited to: COVID19, racism, climate crisis, opioid poisoning crisis, etc.) to illuminate some of the critical and systemic issues affecting suicide and suicide exposure. The roundtable will explore ways for interdisciplinary and critical suicide studies scholars to understand and respond to this current context:

  • To include diverse perspectives;
  • To suggest key areas for scholarly collaboration; and
  • To identify strategies to develop alternative and interdisciplinary approaches and responses to suicide.

 

The planning of this event would not have been made possible without the support and collaboration with The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue team who will be joining us as our facilitators over the course of this two-day virtual event. 

Pre-readings

To enliven some of our conversations at the Roundtable, we have enclosed four brief, recently published articles or commentaries that we hope you’ll read prior to the Roundtable. They offer a glimpse into how suicide and suicide prevention is currently being conceptualized within three different mainstream journals. 

 

As you read these materials, we invite you to think about the following questions:

What are the assumptions? What is missing? What can be leveraged/amplified? What can the field of critical suicide studies usefully offer as a response?