Centre for Death & Society


We publish a newsletter each month with information on our members, our research and publications, and work by our associates and networks. The newsletter also gives details of courses, events and conferences happening locally, nationally and internationally.

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Year Month Features
2019 March The March issue of the CDAS newsletter includes a DDD update, including news of how to sign up for the conference; a summary of forthcoming events including one on ‘New Perspectives on death and dying in Sub Saharan Africa’ as well as the inaugural Beatrice Godwin lecture.
2019 February Don't forget the Call for Papers for DDD14 closes soon; News from the community as well as the news of CDAS's Kate Woodthorpe appearing on the Joan Bakewell show.
2019 January Welcome to 2019 and what promises to be a big year for CDAS; Announcing keynote speakers for DDD14; Other news of events and opportunities from the CDAS community.
2018 December Our Christmas edition includes an interview with John Troyer; key note speaker and other exciting DDD14 announcements, as well as a round-up of forthcoming events.
2018 November A call for sponsors for DDD14; Stories from Skeletons at St George’s, Bristol; further information on the ‘Refugee Experiences of Grieving the Dead’ event; and some new publications news.
2018 October Spotlight on….recent PhD student successes; Introducing DDD14, 4-7 Sep 2019: the Call for Papers is announced; launch of the Early Career Visiting Fellows programme; news on events happening soon.
2018 June Spotlight on...PhD Student Jana Kralova; DDD comes back to Bath in 2019; CDAS Early Career Visiting Fellow's Programme; Alive and in Conversation - the Troyers at Arnos Vale; Saving and rasing money for the bereaved - training on funeral costs


Spotlight on...PhD Student Sarah Griffiths; last chance to register for the CDAS Conference; John Troyer given award at University of Minnesota; The Politics and Practice of Deathscapes and Diversity; PhD opportunity at York St John University

2018 April Feature on Chao Fang, PhD Student; Homeward Bound: film screening and discussion plus lots of other Dying Matters Awareness Week events, Building Memory Exhibition in Bath; POstgrad Bioethics Conference call for abstracts
2018 February  Last chance to submit your abstract for CDAS18; CDAS Visiting Fellow Miriam Sitter; User Not Found - call for participants; Discover Society special issue; Life, Death & the Rest at Arnos Vale
2018 January Booking open for CDAS Conference 2018 - Call for Papers still open; Interested in hosting 'A Disappearing Act'?; The Death Show; Bereavement Research into Practice - Carers and Bereavement 
2017 December Welcome to new CDAS members; Community of Practice update; new project - Exploring the relationship between cremation and grief; Updates from the National Bereavement Alliance, Childhood Bereavement Network and Death & Cuture Network
2017 November Managing Death: A Comparative Framwork; Memorial for David Kennedy; Game Over? Dying to talk about death and life; 1st Global Conference: Music and...Death; Dark Tourism Research Group Meeting
2017 October Death, dying and devolution', new policy brief launched, CDAS 2018 Conference call for papers, Community of Practice details, DrugFAM annual conference
2017 July Two new books from CDAS, Save the date: CDAS18, Open consultation on reforms to the social fund, International Suicide Bereavement Conference, 2 jobs with NAFD
2017 June CDAS sign agreement with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, CDAS 2017 Conference report, CDAS TMT seminar now available online, ASDS looking for new committee members
2017  May  Last chance to book for CDAS Conference, New PhD student Diana Teggi, End Notes, Does the UK need a Body Farm?, Call for Papers ABDD10
2017  April  Terror Management Theory Seminar,  Book now for CDAS Conference, Join our Community of Practice, Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017, Dying Well event on SS Great Briatin 
2017 March CDAS takes part in the University's 50th anniversary festival, Pilot Project: Exploring the needs of “Befrienders” at Age UK B&NES, Death & Culture Network, Dealing with Controversial History in the Museum
2017 February  Final call for CDAS Conference abstracts, Keeping the Faith - report out now, Material Legacies - exhibition and talk, Engagement Fellow - University of Leeds
2017  January  CDAS Seminar: Terror Mangement Theory, First solo publication from Renske Visser, Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 launched, Bereavement research into practice, Eighteenth Collquium on Cemeteries (CFP)
2016 December Social death - new book from Routledge, CDAS seminar podcasts, Bath Burial Index launched, new seminar series from the OU Death and Dying research group. 
2016 October Kate Woodthorpe to research death and devolution, Evidence of impact sought for Bereavement guidelines, PhD students develop Brazilian networks
2016 September Call for papers, CDAS Conference 2016, 'Death at the Margins of the State', DDD13, 'Death, Ritual and Magic', CDAS Seminar series booking now
2016 July CDAS PhD student writes for 'The Conversation'; National committment on End of Life Care; Life. Death. Whatever; Cruse Bereavement Care Loss and Bereavement Awareness workshops
2016 June Bereavement Benefits: Government response published; CDAS Seminar - End of Life Care; 'Hiding who I am' new report from Marie Curie on EoLC for LGBT people; Death on the Fringe 2016
2016 May Last chance to book for CDAS Conference and GW4 PhD event; Update on Future Cemetery/DeathLAB collaboration; new student joins CDAS; 'Thank you' for Dying Matters Awareness week. 
2016 April Come and work with CDAS; Death & Social Policy in Challenging Times; The Unsocial Network; Encountering the Corpse; Compassionate Employers prorgamme launch; BSA DDB symposium - call for papers
2016 March CDAS Conference, 'Survival' - booking now open; GW4 Doctoral workshop, 'Surviving your data'; Escaping Victimhood programme; Master of Public Health, University of Bradford
2016 February New book out now, 'Death and Social Policy in Hard Times', Kate Woodthorpe is special advisor to government on Bereavement Benefits, Future Cemetery deisgn competition winner announced, Studentship at MMU
2016 January CDAS Conference 'Survival', Missed it? Catch up with CDAS events on Re-view, Launch of Dying Matters week, Trustees wanted for Highgate Cemetery, Death: is it your right to choose?
2015 December New Director for CDAS!, Future Dead Deisgn Competition open,'Social Death' special issue out now, News from the GW4 Dying Well Community
2015 November

The Good Grief Project, Extending end of life care to older people with frailty, Death, Art and Anatomy Conference, Consumption, Markets and Culture: Special Issue on consumption and death

2015 September  How do end of life decisions happen?, 5 forthcoming events from CDAS, DDU16 cancelled, October is London Month of the Dead, CFP - "In the Midst of Life we are in Death".
2015 July Cyril Schafer, CDAS Confernece 2016 'Survival'- call for papers, New GW4 Network, 'Dying Well', Death on the Fringe, Marginal Death Research - call for papers
2015 June

5th Annual CDAS Conference + 10th Anniversary a great success!, What's wrong with dying?, Grave notes - call for papes

2015 April CDAS is 10! - further details announced, Bereavement project - final event, MayFest 2015, DDD12 call for papes extended, Events Officer - NCPC, 'death: the human experience'
2015 March How the digital age has changed our approach to death and grief, A Good Death - John Troyer and Caitlin Doughty in Conversation, Sue Ryder Annual Public Lecture
2015 February Booking now open for CDAS Conference and CDAS is 10!; Bereavement following a drug or alcohol related death - project update; 'Death' exhibition in Bristol - call for loans
2015 January CDAS Conference and 10th Anniversary, CDAS Seminar - Death & Bioethics, Can death get any better? - new lecture series, 2nd International Death Online Research Symposium
2014 December Teaching Fellow (fixed term), post at University of Bath, 'Why we need to talk about death', Tony Walter and Su Chard on the radio,  3 PhD studentships and a fellowship advertised
2014 November CDAS PhD students awarded public engagement funding, Human Costs of Austerity podcast now available, new online film resource addresses decision making at end of life
2014 October  CDAS seminar - The Agency of the Dead, 'Cost of dying rises seven times faster than cost of living', Launch of 'Plan If...', Death, inequality and social difference 
2014 September CDAS Conference - Call for Papers, 'Dying Well after a long life' project, Malcolm Johnson awarded BSG 'Outstanding Acheivement', Crowdfunding a carved cadaver, EoLC Network
2014 July Save the date - CDAS Conference and 10th Anniversary, Bereavement through substance misuse project update, Assisted Dying Bill, Death on the Fringe
2014 June CDAS PhD student requests funding help, The Human Costs of Austerity seminar, Current Issues for Cemeteries and Crematoria, Cruse Annual Confernece, DDB Call for Papers 
2014 May Dying Matters Week a great success, 'Grave Expectations' - radio documentary from CDAS, Arnos Vale tours, BxNU Symposium - Cloudscape
2014 April Dying Matters Week from CDAS, new CDAS Associate Sam Carr, Where next for funerals? - guest blog for ILC-UK, DDB14 - call for papers
2014 March Seminar podcasts now available, CDAS Conference posters invited, Dying Matters Week events notification, DDD11 excerpts now available from the OU
2014 February CDAS Seminar 'Living and Dying in the Fourth Age', Bereavement through substance misuse project update, Claire Henry announced as new NCPC CEO, The Nine O'Clock Slot
2014 January 'Too poor to die' report challenges Government, CDAS Conference 2014 - Social Death - Call for Papers, Bereaved workers failed by employers - new report
2013 December I can't afford to die - policy event with ILC-UK, new CDAS members, associates and students, FdSc Funeral Services Graduation, Colin Murray Parkes receives Honorary Doctorate
2013 November CDAS Project update, Congratulations to Gaelle Jolly, New AHRC research network, Encountering Corpses at Manchester Museum, Designing Death - Call for Papers
2013 October Date with Death a great success, CDAS Conference 2014: Social Death, A Cold Hand on a Cold Day, Death: the human experience - help sought from Bristol Museums for 2015
2013 September Date with Death, CDAS events programme, Cost of Dying 2013, Centre for End of Life Studies launch, Animal Death Conference call for papers
2013 July Conference 2013 review, A Date with Death, John Troyer does 'Meltdown', CDAS Seminar - Death's Playlist', DDD11 - last chance to book
2013 May CDAS Conference 2013, 'Deadness' exhibition, Welcome to Lisa MacCormick, National Funeral Exhibition, Cruse Annual Conference, Responding to a Mass Fatalities Scenario


CDAS launches new look website; Dead & Buried Exhibition; Before I Die Festival; Dying Matters Open Day
2013 March CDAS seminar - Ilness, crisis and loss; Welcome to Dr Nina Jakoby; Dr John Troyer at SXSW; The Good Funeral Awards
2013 February Dead and Buried, project exhibition; win an artist for Arnos Vale; Childhood Bereavement Network Conference
2013 January Congratulations to Dr Tara Bailey; Engaging young people with death and natural burial - new project; 'DeadLine' performance in Bristol; Call for Papers - 14th Colloquium on Cemeteries
2012 December Graduation of 2nd cohort of FdSc students, Congratulations to CDAS Associate Dr Lucy Easthope; Parliamentary Roundable on funeral cost assistance for the vulnerable
2012 November CDAS website redesign; CDAS welcomes Dr Shahid Perwez; Consultation begins on ICCM Natural Burial Charter; New book, 'Understanding Reproductive Loss'
2012 October CDAS welcomes James Earl-Fraser, new research administrator; CDAS Conference 2013 - Call for Papers; Bristol's first Death Cafe
2012 September CDAS Seminar announcement, 'Children & Death'; Natural Burial - publication of a new book; John Troyer at TEDx Bristol
2012 July CDAS welcomes Lorna Templeton from September; New Edition of the Natural Death Handbook launched; UK Government responds to Bereavement Benefit Consultation
2012 June In memory of Dr Chang-Won Park; 'Dying in the Digital Age' CDAS hosts successful conference; CDAS research 'Affording a Funeral' featured on BBC
2012 May Embodying Loss Symposium; Changing Expectations of Death event; Call for Papers - BSA Study Group Death, Dying and Bereavement Annual Meeting
2012 April Spirituality and Ageing Symposium; CDAS Seminar - Mass Fatalities; 'The Future Cemetery' project; End of life care for adults with a learning disability
2012 March ESRC grant, 'Understanding and responding to those bereaved through substance misuse'; 'A Graceful Death' exhibition; At the Margins of Life and Death - Doctoral course
2012 January CDAS welcomes Trudi Gilbank and Hannah Rumble; 'Affording a Funeral' research project; Compassionate Communities UK; Funeralmap Funeral and Bereavement Convention
2011 December 1st Graduates receive FdSc in Funeral Services; Future Water Laboratory; PhD for Ann Malmah-Thomas; The Institute for Dark Tourism Research
2011 October CDAS Confernece 2012 - Call for Papers; 'Of Dolls and Murder' film premier; Call for papers - Mortality special issue: Martyrs and Martyrdom 2014
2011 September New project underway with St. Christopher's Hospice; CDAS seminar' Remains of the Dead'; PhD for Dr Paul Fitzpatrick; ;The Cost of Dying' makes headlines
2011 July CDAS Conference report, 'Death & Dying in the Digital Age'; Prof Tony Walter is new CDAS Director; World's first MSc in end of life ethics; Australian Bereavement Conference
2011 June New CDAS member, Rachel Ibrek; CDAS involved in Universities 'Twitter Marathon'; New technologies in death and dying
2011 May Prof. Allan Kellehear leaves Bath; Dr Kate Woodthorpe elected to BSA Council; NAFD 2011 Conference report; Call for papers - DDB Study Group
2011 April CDAS Seminar - Mourning and Memory; NEOLC Programme publishes guidance for staff responsible for care after death; Cruse publishes 2 new guides
2011 March CDAS collaboration with Dundee academic, Dr Wendy Moncur; CDAS Visiting Fellow in the media with research into deathbed visions; Dying Matters Awareness Week
2011 February Report published, 'Investigating mortuary services in hospital settings'; CDAS joins Facebook; Children's Hospice week
2011 January CDAS Seminar, 'Dying'; Dr Kate Woodthorpe in the media - current graveyard practices; Bereavement Resarch Forum AGM