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.

The Call for Papers is now open - see below for details.

It is a multi-disciplinary conference open to all, including, but not limited to:

  • anthropologists
  • archaeologists
  • art and architectural historians
  • artists
  • bereavement counsellors
  • cultural theorists
  • critical race theorists
  • queer theorists
  • independent scholars
  • cultural geographers
  • death work practitioners
  • historians
  • literary theorists
  • medical and health practitioners
  • end-of-life and palliative care workers
  • philosophers
  • psychologists
  • students of religion
  • social policy analysts
  • social workers
  • sociologists
  • computer scientists
  • those in the legal professions

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.

Conference bookings

Bookings for the conference will open from January 2019.

Call for conference papers

Abstracts (with a maximum of 200 words) for conference papers are invited on any social aspect of death, dying and disposal related to Engagement and Education.

As this is a multi-disciplinary conference, abstracts need to communicate clearly with delegates from a wide range of disciplines. While focussed on death, dying and disposal specifically, we envisage that this broad theme will attract papers related to:

  • the role, purpose or possibility of death studies
  • the visibility of death as a social issue
  • heritage, museums, and the cultural sector
  • knowledge economy
  • media work
  • public education
  • meaning of expertise
  • experiential knowledge
  • working with non-academic audiences or organisations
  • historical and archaeological narratives
  • political economy of death
  • the politics of death, dying, and disposal

Submit your abstract

In order to submit your abstract you will need to complete the whole online process, including the checkout and confirmation. We can only confirm receipt of your abstract if you have received a confirmation email. You can submit your abstract online.

The deadline for submitting your abstract is Wednesday 20 February 2019.