CFP: 14th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying, and Disposal (DDD14) hosted by the Centre for Death andf Society (UK) 04-07 September 2019

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The 14th International Conference on the

Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal


Wednesday 04 – Saturday 07 September 2019

Centre for Death and Society

University of Bath, Bath UK





The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal conference covers all aspects of death, dying, disposal, and bereavement. It is a multi-disciplinary residential conference open to all, including, but not limited to anthropologists, archaeologists, art and architectural historians, artists, bereavement counsellors, cultural theorists, critical race theorists, queer theorists, independent scholars, cultural geographers, deathwork practitioners, historians, literary theorists, medical and health practitioners, end-of-life and palliative care workers, philosophers, psychologists, students of religion, social policy analysts, social workers, sociologists, computer scientists, and those in the legal professions.


Taking place at a time when both academia and front-line practitioners are under increasing pressure to show ‘real world’ relevance and contribution, the theme of the conference is Engagement and Education. While focussed on death, dying and disposal specifically, it is envisaged that this broad theme will attract papers related to:

- The role/purpose/possibility of death studies
- The visibility of death as a social issue
- Heritage, museums, and the cultural sector
- Knowledge economy
- Media work
- Public education
- Meaning of expertise
- Experiential knowledge
- Working with non-academic audiences/organisations
- Historical and archaeological narratives
- Political economy of death
- The politics of death, dying, and disposal


The conference has been held every two years since 1993 and 2019 marks the 10-year founding anniversary for the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS). The ASDS promotes the study of death in the arts, humanities, social and allied sciences and sponsors the DDD conferences.


Abstracts (max 200 words) for conference papers are invited on any social aspect of death, dying and disposal related to Engagement & Education. As this is a multi-disciplinary conference abstracts need to communicate clearly with delegates from a wide range of disciplines.





Please submit all abstracts at


**Please note that in order to submit your abstract you will need to complete the whole process, including the checkout and confirmation screens. We can only confirm receipt of your abstract if you have received a confirmation email**


For further information please contact us at or call +44 1225 386949. Further details of this and previous conferences can be found at