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Professor Allan Kellehear
Professor Allan Kellehear
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Press Release - 29 October 2007

Public lecture: The history of death and dying

Local people can explore the history of death and dying in a free public lecture for Halloween at the University of Bath in Swindon on Wednesday 31 October (5.30pm to 6.30pm).

Professor Allan Kellehear, Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath’s Centre for Death & Society, will give an overview of the changing attitudes and behaviour of human beings and other hominids in their response to death, dying and loss over the last two million years.

“My lecture will link the major economic, religious and social changes over that time with changing customs, traditions and popular mentality, particularly in the Western world,” said Professor Kellehear.

“I’ll conclude with some frank commentary and comparison of popular books on death and dying that people in the audience may have read.”

Professor Kellehear has authored or edited 18 books and is co-editor of Mortality, the international journal of studies about death and dying. His recent books include Compassionate Cities: Public health and end of life care, and A Social History of Dying.

He was formerly the Professor of Palliative Care at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

Admission and parking for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. The lecture runs from 5.30pm until 6.30pm in the University hall at the Oakfield campus.

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