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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.


We hope that you have been keeping safe and well in these turbulent times. We're busy working away to prepare for Death & Culture IV and hope to have some information out about this later this year.

Stay safe! The DaCNet Steering Group.


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. 

Death and Culture 

Death and Culture, published by Bristol University Press 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. For more information please contact the group coordinator Rachael Burns: 

Mailing List

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

View our newsletter archive here.

York Death & Culture Walk


The York Death & Culture Walk (DaCWalk) is an interdisciplinary walking tour of the city of York. It introduces participants to the spaces and places associated with death, dying and disposal in sensory and corporeal ways.  


For more information about our steering group, 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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