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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 2019, 12.00pm to 7 Sep 2019, 6.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • East Building & The Edge, East Building, University of Bath
  • Price: £290.00 (GBP)
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.

The draft programme for the Conference is now available and will continue to be updated over the coming weeks.


Bookings for this conference have now closed.


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.

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Plenary speakers

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.

Key Note Speaker

Simon Cox is Head of Insight and External Affairs at Dignity, one of the UKs largest provider of funeral services. His commercial and academic research projects in the funeral sector span two decades.

Simon is responsible for the UKs most authoritative work on Funeral Costs between 2004-2016, identifying and quantifying the scale of funeral poverty and the inadequacies of funeral state benefits. From 2016 his research and lobbying focus has been to encourage and stimulate further change in the sector by providing evidence of and the need for regulation of the Funeral Plan market specifically and wider sector more generally. Scottish Government, Treasury and CMA are set to make interventions in all of these markets imminently.

Simon is currently working with the universities of Bath, Utrecht and others on a longitudinal study exploring the elements of cremation funerals and their impact on grief.

Who should attend

Researchers, students and practitioners interested in all matters related to death, dying and bereavement


View the conference programme for this event.


The Conference will be held in the East Building and The Edge.

East Building & The Edge East Building University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


If you have any questions, please contact us.