University of Bath

14th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal

Covering all aspects of death, dying and disposal this conference is a multi-disciplinary conference open to all, including academics and practitioners.

4 Sep 201912.00pm
7 Sep 20196.00pm
Roman baths at night
The historic Roman Baths at night.

This conference, held on behalf of the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS), in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, will showcase academic and professional research and creative work related to death, dying, disposal and bereavement.

The conference is 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.


Bookings for this conference are now open. View details of rates and packages.


There is a range of accommodation available on campus and in town. If you would like to book accommodation on campus please visit our Accommodation Services. Further information on accommodation in the city of Bath can be found at Visit Bath.

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to announce that we have secured keynote addresses from Professor Dame Sue Black, Professor Havi Carel and Dr Peter Bazira.

Professor Dame Sue Black is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at Lancaster University. She leads on developing the University’s culture of engagement, working at local, regional, national and international levels to shape the University’s engagement strategy. Sue’s academic career demonstrates the importance and impact of engagement whether that be with government, non-governmental agencies, the business community, investigative forces, funders, the media or the public.

She was the lead forensic anthropologist for the UK response to war crimes investigations in Kosovo and has also served in Sierra Leone, Grenada, Iraq and in Thailand following the Asian tsunami. She has been awarded two police commendations for her work in Disaster Victim Identification training and also for helping to secure convictions against perpetrators of child sexual abuse. In 2001 she was awarded an OBE in 2016 a DBE for her services to education and forensic anthropology.

Professor Havi Carel is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol where she also teaches medical students. Her research examines the experience of illness and of receiving healthcare. She currently holds a Senior Investigator Award from Wellcome Trust for a five year project entitled Life of Breath.

Dr Peter Bazira is the Director of the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences at Hull York Medical School. He takes the lead on delivery of clinical anatomy learning opportunities on the undergraduate medical (MBBS) curriculum, and on postgraduate surgical short courses delivered by Hull York Medical School. He is also the Programme Director for the MSc in Clinical Anatomy and MSc in Clinical Anatomy and Education, the HTA Designated Individual for Hull York Medical School anatomy facilities and the Daisy Tumour Bank, and the Academic Lead for Widening Participation.

Call for exhibitors

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Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed and the panel will be busy reviewing the many submissions for panels, presenters and masterclasses over the next few weeks. We will announce more details on the programme over the coming months.


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