DeathxDesignxCulture, Falmouth 4-6 September 2024

4th-6th September, Falmouth University, Falmouth

The Department of Graphic Design (Falmouth University, UK), and the Death and Culture Network (University of York, UK) in partnership with the Stamps School of Art & Design (University of Michigan, US), and the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group (University of Glasgow, UK) are hosting the conference  DEATHxDESIGNxCULTURE: RADICAL RE-IMAGININGS FOR THE END OF LIFE.

The conference seeks to open discursive space for ‘traditional’ as well as practice-based and practice-led research to critically reflect on the role of design as it relates to death, dying, and disposal at individual, community, and broader cultural levels, and to suggest radical alternatives for the future.

With a focus on interdisciplinarity, the conference aims to support knowledge exchange between researchers within the social sciences, the humanities, and design. Design is positioned as an expanded field inviting contributions from subject areas including, but not limited to: graphic design; multidisciplinary design; architecture; digital design; fashion design; and product design.

A multi-modal approach will stretch the conventions of a conference format, incorporating experience design; exhibitions and pedagogic interventions; university-industry knowledge transfer; and opportunities for traditional academic papers.

The call for papers has now closed, and bookings are being taken. Further details are available on the conference website.

Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe

19th -21st September 2024, Budapest, Hungary

The AGM and annual conference of the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe will be held in Budapest, 19th to 21st September this year. The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Cemeteries as Cultural Spaces of European Remembrance’. Presentations and panel discussions will focus on how cemeteries can become efficiently conveyed footprints of our joint European remembrance, tourism and education as well as park management and environmental sustainability due to continuous climate change.

Booking details and a draft programme are available on the ASCE website.

After Life: A History of Death

27 October 2023 – 5 July 2024, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

After Life’ explores changing views of death from antiquity to the present day. It uses the remarkable collections of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and its library – Scotland’s oldest and largest medical library – to uncover the history of death. An original copy of Napoleon Bonaparte’s post-mortem, written on Saint Helena Island, and a diary documenting the last days of celebrated Edinburgh physician James Young Simpson are displayed alongside a broadside proclaiming the execution of famous Edinburgh murderer William Burke.

Find full details at the College of Physicians website.


The Cemetery Research Group runs two events a year: in May and in November. Follow the links and send in an abstract