Death, Dying and Disposal 11: Where theory meets practice

The Open University & the Association for the Study of Death and Society

REMINDER: It's not too late to register for the 11th international Death, Dying and Disposal conference “Where theory meets practice”

Registrations are now open for the 11th Death, Dying and Disposal conference which is being held at The Open University, Milton Keynes between the 5th - 8th September 2013.

DDD11 will bring together practitioners and academics from a range of disciplines in the humanities and practice, to explore how ideas impact upon the reality of death and dying and how practice impacts upon ideas. Over the 4-days we will include the role of literature, empirical research, art, history, religion and cultural diversity in a range of keynote presentations, invited papers and an expert panel discussion, which will be hosted by BBC radio presenter, Winifred Robinson.

The conference will also explore the growth in popularity of the ‘personalised funeral’ offering optional excursions to the natural burial ground in Olney and a guided tour of the multi-faith, modern surrounds of Crownhill Crematorium’s new Oak Chapel.  We are delighted to welcome exhibitions on this theme from Artist Graham Dolphin and from Crazy Coffins who will be displaying some of their uniquely commissioned pieces.

Keynote speakers include

Dr Hilary Cass
President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health,
“Improving end of life care for dying children”

Dr Roy Palmer
HM Coroner, Southern District of London
“What death means when the cause is not known”

Professor Myra Bluebond Langner
“An anthropologist’s role in palliative care; including accounts from her seminal text, ‘The World of Dying Children’.”

Professor Victor Sage
“Exploring the role of death and dying in the gothic novel”

Professor Glennys Howarth
“A sociological approach to death and dying”

Dr Marion Bowman
“Glastonbury festival and the performance of remembrance”

DDD11 is ideal for anyone interested and working in death, dying and disposal at practice and academic levels. The range of speakers and attendees at previous conferences has undoubtedly been what has made the event so innovative and exciting – we envisage DDD11 being no different.  Sharing ideas outside of disciplinary and practice boundaries impacts how attendees view and understand the role that death, dying and disposal plays in societies.

To register

Conference Date:  5th - 8th September
Venue:  The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes
Price:  There are a range of conference packages available from 1 day to full conference packages.  Prices start at £150, please see our website for full details.

To register:  Registrations are open now.  To book your place please visit our website  Registrations close on 31st July 2013

For more information please visit our website

If you have any queries you can contact us directly at

We look forward to welcoming you to the Open University, Milton Keynes.

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Faculty of Health & Social Care
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