Department of Social & Policy Sciences

CDAS Conference 2018: The Politics of Death

Fri Jun 08 10:43:00 BST 2018

Dates: 08-09 June 2018
Location: University of Bath, UK

Over the last fifteen-years, first world popular culture's interest in human mortality significantly expanded and death and dying achieved new levels of media attention.

But what of death's politics? Or the politics of dying and end-of-life? What role does political power play in everyday experiences of human mortality?

The June 2018 Centre for Death and Society Annual Conference will focus on the Politics of Death and what the discovery and re-discovery of death politics means for power, sovereignty, bioethics, the rule of law, and most importantly - death and dying.

A draft programme for the 2018 Conference can now be downloaded. Please note that this is subject to change.

Download the programme


About the conference 

This year’s CDAS Conference will be held on campus at the University of Bath, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June 2018. 



Booking is now open for the conference via the University of Bath Online Store. If you have any problems using the Store, please get in touch. 



The cost, £80 for a single day or £140 for both days, includes access to all conference sessions, all refreshments and lunch, and a delegate pack including programme, abstracts and delegate list. Payment is by credit card or Paypal online only, and all bookings are processed via our online store (available from February 2018).



Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any accommodation on campus this year as students are still in residence. 

Accommodation can be booked in Bath City Centre or the surrounding area and there are a range of options to suit all needs and budgets. Please contact Visit Bath who will be happy to help you find something to suit your requirements. A regular bus service runs between campus and the city centre. 

Cheaper accommodation options in Bath can be found at a number of local hostels


Social events 

We always organise a couple of social events to help delegates get to know each other. On the Thursday evening before the conference, join us for a drink in one of Bath's many excellent pubs (venue tbc). On Friday evening, we will hold an informal conference dinner at a restaurant in Bath. Partners, friends and family are welcome at both these events, just let us know you'd like to come along when booking so that we can reserve a table. Pay on the day.


Getting here 

The University of Bath is easily accessible by public transport and private car. Further information can be found on the main University website. Car parking permits for the University campus can be added to your booking at a cost of £5.50 for the duration of your stay. 


Keep in touch 

You can keep up to date with conference developments via this webpage, on Facebook and on Twitter (@cendeathsociety). To stay informed of death & dying related events, sign up to our newsletter by contacting


Terms and conditions 

You can download a copy of the terms and conditions here. These cover deadlines, payments, accommodation and cancellations, please read before booking.


About CDAS Conferences 

CDAS conferences aim to bring together research and knowledge in ways which have not been explored before. Themes are usually set to bring together fragmented research from across a number of disciplines, highlight new and emerging research and ideas, and give a forum to researchers who often struggle to 'fit' their work into more conventional conference topics. 

We encourage people at all stages of their careers and from all disciplines to attend and participate, including non-academics in relevant fields. The conference is open to everyone, not just those presenting papers, and plenty of time is set aside over the course of the conference to allow for networking and continuation of the discussions begun in the sessions.We keep the costs as low as we can so as to encourage attendance from as many people as possible.

Delegates have previously commented on the friendly and open nature of CDAS conferences, where scholars have made connections to other fields they were not previously aware of. Previous conferences have led to special journal issues, writing collaborations, new research groups and networks, and successful research funding applications.