25 January 2019

BSA Social Aspects of Death, Dying and Bereavement symposium

University of Salford, Maxwell Building, 43 Crescent, Salford M5 4WT

North West England

British Sociological Association's Death, Dying and Bereavement and Violence and Society groups

This event has facilities for disabled people Wheelchair accessible

Throughout history both death and violence have exposed the fragility of social bonds and posed serious ontological challenges for humanity. In acts of genocide, war and mass or serial killing, death by violence often attracts ‘morbid’ interest and abject terror in equal measure. Deadly acts of violence are primarily physical, but they can also be political and symbolic, leaving a permanent imprint upon individuals, communities and nations.

As the bloody 20th century came to an end John Keane (1996) speculated on the prospect of more violent deaths in the 21st. Conflict in Syria, the Grenfell tower fire, deaths linked to austerity, migrant deaths in Europe and the recent rise in homicides in England and Wales, are but a few contemporary examples of how various forms of violence and death intersect. Furthermore, technological advances increasingly enable viewing of violent death, whilst its popularity is evident within the film and videogame industries.

Death, violence and their social consequences are thus intimately connected in different ways and the aim of this one-day symposium is to explore the linkages across these two conceptual areas. We want to bring together sociologists from different fields such as criminology and death studies to discuss empirical and theoretical matters pertaining to the symposium theme and welcome abstracts for papers addressing, but not necessarily limited to, the following issues:

  • Death, violence and inequalities
  • Political violence and mortality
  • Death and displacement
  • Death and violence in popular cultures
  • ‘Dark’ spaces and violent death/s
  • Digital technology, violent deaths and voyeurism
  • ‘Bad’ (violent) deaths
  • Bereavement, trauma and memorialization following violent death
  • Methodological and ethical issues in the study of violence and death

07 February 2019

Refugee Experiences of Grieving the Dead

83 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ES


Open University Death, Dying & Bereavement Group and Centre for Death & Society, University of Bath

This event has facilities for disabled people Wheelchair accessible

Bereavement research has been conducted largely on peaceful western populations, but has barely addressed grieving the death of significant others that is often part of refugees' experience. Meanwhile, research and action with refugees have focused more on trauma and on loss of home, community, status, job, etc than on grief for deceased friends and family. This seminar seeks to begin to address this gap. Refugees' experience of bereavement is immensely varied – from witnessing family members being killed before leaving one's home country or dying en route, to the many Jews who got out of Vienna in 1938 but didn't know for up to a decade which other family members had survived. Event runs from 1-5pm. Entry is free via website registration.

07 March 2019

Death & Dying: Real life experiences

Central England

Sobell Study Centre, Oxford

This event has facilities for disabled people Wheelchair accessible

Study day using real life experiences of palliative care to consider issues surrounding death and dying. Cost £120 – contact

29 - 31 March 2019

SAIF AGM Banquet Weekend 2019

Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester, Maldon CM9 8HX

South East England


0345 230 6777

This event has facilities for disabled people Wheelchair accessible

Full details to be confirmed

26 April 2019

Culturally Sensitive palliative care: meeting the needs of gender and sexual minorities

Sobell Study Centre, Oxford

Central England

Sobell Study Centre, Oxford

This event has facilities for disabled people Wheelchair accessible

Cost £120 – contact

28 April 2019

2019 Bereavement Awareness Day

Prestwold Hall, Loughborough LE12 5SQ

East Midlands

The Natural Burial Company

This event has facilities for disabled people Wheelchair accessible

Organised by The Natural Burial Company. Limited places available for exhibitors and those offering a workshop. Contact Christopher on

07 - 09 June 2019

National Funeral Exhibition 2019

NEAC, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ

West Midlands

National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD)

0121 711 1343

This event has facilities for disabled people Wheelchair accessible

The National Association of Funeral Directors are pleased to once again bring you the National Funeral Exhibition; the Exhibition is built specifically for the Funeral Industry with targeted seminars to engage and educate, Exhibitors from all over the globe and sectors including vehicle fleets, coffins, caskets, professional equipment suppliers, printing and stationary companies, online memorial services, charities and a range of business advisory firms to support Funeral Directors with their business needs.

The National Funeral Exhibition (NFE) is a respected global platform for the funeral profession and the largest trade show for the sector in the United Kingdom; showcasing the latest, innovative products, inspiring thought leadership and business networking opportunities to 4,000+ funeral sector professionals.

One of the top three funeral trade shows in the world, the biennial NFE provides an opportunity for the industry to meet, innovate, buy, sell and see which direction the industry is heading in, in a vibrant and future-focused environment.

Wholly owned and organised by the National Association of Funeral Directors, the show works hard to ensure that exhibitors and visitors alike view the NFE as a sound investment in their time, essential to the future of their business – and a fantastic networking opportunity amongst colleagues in the field.

04 - 07 September 2019

4th International Conference on Death, Dying and Disposal

Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath

South West England

Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath

01225 386949

This event has facilities for disabled people Wheelchair accessible


The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal conference covers all aspects of death, dying, disposal, and bereavement. It is a multi-disciplinary residential conference open to all, including, but not limited to anthropologists, archaeologists, art and architectural historians, artists, bereavement counsellors, cultural theorists, critical race theorists, queer theorists, independent scholars, cultural geographers, deathwork practitioners, historians, literary theorists, medical and health practitioners, end-of-life and palliative care workers, philosophers, psychologists, students of religion, social policy analysts, social workers, sociologists, computer scientists, and those in the legal professions.

Taking place at a time when both academia and front-line practitioners are under increasing pressure to show ‘real world’ relevance and contribution, the theme of the conference is Engagement and Education. While focused on death, dying and disposal specifically, it is envisaged that this broad theme will attract papers related to:

  • The role/purpose/possibility of death studies
  • The visibility of death as a social issue
  • Heritage, museums, and the cultural sector
  • Knowledge economy
  • Media work
  • Public education
  • Meaning of expertise
  • Experiential knowledge
  • Working with non-academic audiences/organisations
  • Historical and archaeological narratives
  • Political economy of death
  • The politics of death, dying, and disposal

The conference has been held every two years since 1993 and 2019 marks the 10-year founding anniversary for the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS). The ASDS promotes the study of death in the arts, humanities, social and allied sciences and sponsors the DDD conferences.

Abstracts (max 200 words) for conference papers are invited on any social aspect of death, dying and disposal related to Engagement & Education. As this is a multi-disciplinary conference abstracts need to communicate clearly with delegates from a wide range of disciplines.

Please submit all abstracts at [ hospitality-services/conferences/the-14th-international-conference-on-the-social-context-ofdeath- dying-and-disposal]( hospitality-services/conferences/the-14th-international-conference-on-the-social-context-ofdeath- dying-and-disposal)

Abstract closing date: Wednesday 20 February 2019