Death and Culture Conference

Thursday 1 September 2016, 12.30PM to Saturday 3

Speaker: Jacque Lynn Foltyn, Sarah Tarlow, Michele Aaron, Eva Reimers

Location: TFTV, University of York Campus


Call for Papers

Death and Culture

How can we, as academics, understand cultural responses to mortality?

Is every response to death – over time and over place - uniquely personal or essentially the same?

This conference focusses on the impact of mortality on culture, and the ways in which the very fact of death has shaped human behaviour, evidenced through thought, action, production and expression. The conference seeks to re-engage with the study of mortality as an academic enterprise, supported by evidence and framed by theoretical engagement. No discipline is excluded and we are encouraging researchers including postgraduates to contribute who might not consider themselves death scholars, with work that overlaps with death and the dead.

We welcome contributions on topics such as but not limited to:

  • Death, film and television
  • Fame and death
  • Historical death
  • The dead in place and space
  • Law, death and the dead
  • Art and death
  • Commonplace death

Abstracts of roughly 250 words should be sent with a 100 word biography to by Friday 1st April 2016


Prof. Jacque Lynn Foltyn

National University California

Prof. Sarah Tarlow         

University of Leicester

Dr. Michele Aaron

University of Birmingham

Prof. Eva Reimers

Linköping University







You can now register through the University of York online store.

Full rate conference registration: £150

Student rate conference registration: £120.

Both tiers of registration cover food and drink during the three days, details of provision will be included on the conference programme. If you have any particular dietry requirements beyond vegetarianism and veganism, please email to let us know. 


1. All registrations should be received by 1 August 2016. If you have missed this deadline, email to see if there are remaining spaces.

2. Please note that the University of York cannot accept payments by Diner, Switch, Eurocard or American Express Cards, Postal Orders and cheques drawn on a foreign bank.

3. Cancellation – on or before 1 June full refund excluding admin fee of £10. After the 1 June but before 1 August refund of 50% of registration fee. After 1 August no refund will be available.


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Disclaimer: The ‘Death and Culture 2016 Conference’ reserves the right to change the conference programme at any stage. The ‘Death and Culture 2016 Conference’ does not accept any responsibility for damages of any nature sustained to participants of accompanying persons for personal injury or loss or damage to their property as a result of activities associated with the running of the Conference.


You can now download a draft of the programme using this link, but please be aware that amendments are still likely to be made.

DRAFT D&C Programme (PDF  , 98kb)

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