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‌Emerald Studies in Death and Culture

The human response to mortality is a research theme across the arts, humanities and social sciences but is not always explicitly acknowledged. The subject of death tends naturally to cross disciplinary boundaries and so can be marginalized, sitting on the edge of mainstream academic endeavor.

Emerald Studies in Death and Culture provides an outlet for cross-disciplinary exploration of aspects of mortality. The series will create a new forum for the publication of interdisciplinary research that approaches death from a cultural perspective. Published texts will be at the forefront of new ideas, new subjects, new theoretical applications and new explorations of less conventional cultural engagement with death and the dead.

We welcome proposals for monographs and edited collections, and also for short books (~20-50,000 words). Contributions from early career researchers are particularly welcome.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • the dead and the undead in gaming culture
  • the invisibility of commonplace death in popular culture
  • the challenge of apprehending mortality in the recent and ancient past
  • the boundaries of visual representations of mortality
  • how the dead inhabit space and place
  • the dead body as an idea and as a reality
  • the 'greening' of death
  • digital immortalities 

We invite expressions of interest of a short (~250 word) outline for Emerald Studies in Death and Culture to

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Emerald Studies in Death and Culture flyer (PDF , 745kb) 

Series Editors:


Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce

University of York

Dr Julie Rugg

University of York

Dr Jack Denham

York St John University

Editorial Board for Death and Culture Emerald Books Series