Next ESRC ‘Encountering Corpses’ seminar announced: ‘Dreams and Death Worlds’, Durham, 7th April 2017.

The next in the ESRC ‘Encountering Corpses’ seminar series will be held on the topic of ‘Dreams and Death Worlds’ on 7th April 2017 at Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University, UK. The programme is posted below.

Places at the seminar are free but are limited. If you wish to attend please send an email to Professor Craig Young at c.young@mmu.ac.uk stating your name and institution and status (eg. Professor, PhD student etc) and noting any dietary requirements.



09.30-09.40     Welcome – Douglas Davies, Department of Theology & Religion and Centre for Death-Life Studies, Durham University.

09.40-09.50     The ESRC ‘Encountering Corpses’ Research Seminar Series – Craig Young, Manchester Metropolitan University.

09.50-10.30     Dreaming of Death in Antiquity – George Gazis, Department of Classics, Durham University.

10.30-11.10     Encountering the Corpse of St Cuthbert – Seven moments across two millennia – David Williams, author of St Cuthbert’s Corpse – A Life After Death (under the penname David Willem).

 Coffee break

11.30-12.10     Death and territoriality: the ‘possible worlds’ of native Australian cultures and their ecological imperatives – Bob Layton, Department of Anthropology, Durham University.

12.10-12.50     Dreams, Death and Martyrs in Islam – Iain Edgar, Department of Anthropology, Durham University.


13.45-14.30     Joseph Smith’s visions of the dead and Mormonism’s Baptism for the dead – Douglas Davies, Department of Theology & Religion and Centre for Death-Life Studies, Durham University.

14.30-15.00     Open forum, questions and discussion.

15.00                   Close.



Death, Dying and Disposal 13. Ritual, Religion and Magic. Call for papers.

*Death, Dying and Disposal 13*. Ritual, Religion and Magic. Call for papers.

6th-10th September 2017, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

In popular western culture the number 13 is often unlucky, evoking
superstition, or witches. Yet, there were 13 members of the last supper,
Friday the 13 is lucky in Italy and in Judaism it is the age for rites of
passage. The theme for this DDD is Ritual, Religion and Magic its
perception interpretation and role in healthcare, death, dying, and burial.
Individual papers might include, but are not restricted to: death
technology and magic, liminality, religion and spirituality in end of life
care, ethics and culture at the deathbed, dying inside (and outside) of
modern health care, spirituality and the death of animals, rites of passage
in dying, superstition and funerals, ritual application in preparing the
corpse and burying the dead. Emergent religious and cultural practices in
the disposal of the dead, ancestors online, Death, dying and grief in
public and on the internet. Talking with the dead, the dead in popular
horror, the dead in witchcraft execution or haunting or social rituals
associated with the dead body, spirituality or lifeways and deathways.

Please email titles and abstracts to Conference and Events
ConferenceAndEvents@uclan.ac.uk by February 28th 2017.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Contact dsayer@uclan.ac.uk or Elizabeth J Roberts EJRoberts@uclan.ac.uk for
enquiries. Tweet #DDD13 to start a trend, @DuncanSayer.

Next ESRC ‘Encountering Corpses’ seminar announced: “‘Packaging up Death & the Dead’ for the Contemporary Visitor Economy” – details

We are delighted to announce that the next of our ESRC-sponsored Research Seminars is now available.

It is on the theme of “‘Packaging up Death & the Dead’ for the Contemporary Visitor Economy”, organised by Dr Philip Stone (University of Central Lancashire, UK) and will be held at Lancaster Castle/HM Lancaster Prison (http://www.lancastercastle.com).

10.30am start on Wednesday 19th October 2016.

Please register if you wish to attend. Limited tickets are available at:


The programme and paper abstracts can also be viewed on the above link.

Here is the overview of what promises to be a fascinating day:

“This multi-disciplinary symposium, convened by Dr Philip Stone, invites speakers from the UK and USA to examine fundamental relationships of dark tourism – that is, travel to sites of death, disaster, or the seemingly macabre – with the cultural condition of contemporary society. Particularly, the symposium will critically explore how death and the dead are ‘packaged up’ or commodified for the contemporary global visitor economy, and the implications and consequences thereof.

The symposium is aimed at academics and teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, tourism and heritage industry professionals, museum curators, local government, as well as interested media.”

ESRC Seminar ‘The corpse, the dead body and technology’, 27th May 2016

The next seminar in the ESRC funded Research Seminar Series will be held at the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath on 27th May 2016, focusing on ‘The corpse, the dead body and technology’. Should be another stimulating day!

Limited tickets are available via Eventbrite here: