H-Net's network on the process and experience of dying and death



H-Death is a scholarly network that explores the multitude of historical issues surrounding the process and experience of dying and death. The H-Death network will allow scholars to compare and contrast the processes and experiences of dying and death across time and space, including American, European and non-Western contexts.

Recent Content

New Book: The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations

Jessica Auchter, The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations

London and New York: Routledge, 2014


Hardback: 978-0-415-72039-7: $130 / £80 

Series: Interventions 


Re: Welcome to H-Death on the new H-Net Commons

My name is Helen Dell. I'm a research fellow in English and Theatre Studies, Culture and Communication, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. I'm very glad that H-Death is back in business and grateful for the opportunity to get in touch with others interested in Death Studies. I have a background in music and literature, mainly joined together in medieval song, specifically from 12th and 13th-century Northern France. More recently my research has centred on Medievalism, sometimes called the afterlife of the Middle Ages. I've been becoming increasingly interested in the music associated with death: mourning music, music of the dying, music associated with the return of the dead, execution ballads (thanks to Una McIlvenna).

Request for study participants

I'm presenting a paper on contemporary memorial practices at the PCA/ACA and I'm looking for people to complete a short (five to ten minute) survey about contemporary memorial practices - specifically tattoos, vehicle decorations, memorial jewelry, and visits to selected sites, physical and digital.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to participate, the link is:


Feel free to share this link as widely as possible.

Thank you for your help,

Amy Drees
Assistant Professor, Arts and Humanities
Defiance College