Death & Culture Network

The Death and Culture Network based at the University of York seeks to explore and understand cultural responses to mortality. It focuses on the impact of death and the dead on culture, and the way in which they have shaped human behaviour, evidenced through thought, action, production and expression. The network is committed to promoting and producing an inter-disciplinary study of mortality supported by evidence and framed by theoretical engagement.



Walking amongst the dead: The York Death and Culture walk

Wherever you walk in the ancient walled city of York you are never too far away from the deceased. By walking through spaces and places in York you can explore and reflect upon human mortality. Walking is a distinct method which introduces people to the rich history of death, dying and disposal of the dead in evocative ways across time.


Materialising Loss and Facing the Absence-Presence of the Dead

This presentation is based on interviews carried out with bereaved individuals in Sweden and United Kingdom, and examines how the loss of a significant other unravels through a process of materialisation.


Interdisciplinary Approaches to Corpse Work

DaCNet invites papers for this interdisciplinary one-day symposium.

More Events

Death & Culture III

Our biennial conferences focuses on the impact of mortality of culture, and the ways in which the very fact of death has shaped human behavior evidenced through thought, action, production and expression. 

Follow the above link or click here for more information about our previous events. 

Emerald Studies in Death & Culture

Emerald Studies in Death and Culture provides an outlet for cross-disciplinary exploration of aspects of mortality. We welcome proposals for monographs and edited collections, and also for short books. Contributions from early career researchers are particularly welcome. You can find more information here

Death & Culture Reading Group

This interdisciplinary reading group aims to tackle contemporary theory and research into the impact of death and the dead on culture. Please click the above link for more information. 

Researchers of Sensitive Interdisciplinary Issues (RoSII)

RoSII is DaCNet's interdisciplinary research forum for postgraduate research students and early career researchers. It offers a place for peer-support and discussion regarding the researching of sensitive issues.

Mailing List

Keep up to date with death & culture research and events by joining our mailing list here.

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Our steering group is made up of (clockwise from top left): Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce (Sociology), Dr Julie Rugg (Centre for Housing Policy), Dr Ben Poore (Theatre, Film and Television) and Dr Jack Denham (Sociology, York St John University).

For more information about our membership, associate members and research students, click here.

Affiliated Research

Cemetery Research Group

Mummy Research Group


Death & Culture Network
Wentworth College
University of York
YO10 5DD

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