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DDD 15 International Conference

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The Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS) presents:

The 15thAnnual Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal: Diversity and Decolonisation

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Wednesday 1st Sept - Saturday 4th Sept 2021.

For enquiries about submitting panels please email DDD15@mmu.ac.uk with your proposal by Friday 9th April 2021. You will be given further instructions on submitting the panel if your proposal is accepted.

The final deadline for individual paper abstracts and full panel details is Friday 14th May 2021 at 23:59


In increasingly fractured and confusing times, this conference seeks to locate death as the one intersection that truly touches us all.

We are now seeking papers and panels on a range of topics connected to our main theme of 'Diversity and Decolonisation'. As ever, this 'Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal' conference is multi-disciplinary and open to all, including artists, academics, professionals and practitioners of all kinds, whose interests and/or practices are related to death and dying.

Due to the ongoing Corona Virus pandemic, DDD15 will be an entirely virtual event. The conference will take place in line with the time zone (GMT+1) of the conference organisers, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) but we welcome and encourage papers from around the world.

A limited number of free places will be available for successful applicants who indicate in their submission that they cannot afford to pay a fee to attend.

Please click below to view our full Call For Papers and submit your abstract:

CALL FOR PAPERS (Dedicated DDD15 Conference site)


Conference themes:

In increasingly fractured and confusing times, this conference seeks to promote an inclusive approach to death as the one intersection that truly touches us all. The covid-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, Brexit, economic recession, the rise of right-wing populism and the re-emergence of culture wars are both shaped by and reproduce or seek to ameliorate deep inequalities at local, national and international scales. In this context, the conference aims to focus on forefronting issues of diversity and decolonisation in Death Studies.

In this spirit, we welcome papers and panels which focuson the following (non-exhaustive) list of possible topics, as they relate to death, dying and disposal:

The conference will be accompanied by an accessible, community co-curated arts and culture programme that will address these themes through exhibition, performance, discussions and experiential encounters.*