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.



Death & Culture II

This biennial conference focuses on the impact of mortality on culture and the ways in which the very face of death has shaped human behaviour.


The Promise and Perils of Researching Sensitive Issues

Call for papers closes 31 August 2018. Generously funded by the British Sociological Association’s Postgraduate Forum regional day event fund.

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Death & Culture II, 2018

This biennial conference 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. 

Keynote presentations: Professor Dina Khapaeva, Professor Dorthe Refslund Christensen, Professor Joanna Bourke and Professor Stephen Regan.

Follow the above link or click here for more information about the call for papers and conference registration. 

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. 

Resarchers 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.

View our newsletter archive here.


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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