International Conference on Cemetery Studies (Athens, 18 -20 April 2024)

Papers are invited for the International Conference on Cemetery Studies, held by the Master’s Programme “Education and Culture” at the Harokopio University of Athens, Greece, in collaboration with the Cemetery Research Group at the University of York, U.K.

The Conference, which will be held at the Harokopio University in Athens on 18-20 April 2024, intends to bring together a wide spread of academics presenting their latest research findings concerning various aspects of cemeteries (end of 18th century onwards) including history, art and culture, anthropology, geography, social studies and cemetery tourism. Postgraduates and doctoral students are especially welcome.

The Cemetery Research Group Cemeteries Colloquium at the University of York has taken place annually for over twenty years; Harokopio University of Athens hosted and organized the Association of Significant Cemeteries of Europe Conference in 2017. Both events have fostered a fully interdisciplinary framework for understanding cemeteries in the past and present. Harokopio University of Athens ( is located close to many important cultural sites of interest such as the Acropolis Museum, the ancient Agora of classical Athens and the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short, 100-word CV (both in word format) should be sent to: The deadline for abstract submissions is 31 January 2024. The Conference fee is 30 euros (15 euros for doctoral students), including light lunch, refreshments and a guided tour in a historical cemetery of Athens.

Conference language: English.

An edited selection of papers from the conference will be published in electronic form (with ISBN).


The Scientific and Organizing Committee:

Professor Evangelia Georgitsoyanni, History of Art and Civilization, Harokopio University of Athens
Dr Julie Rugg, Cemetery Research Group, University of York
Professor George Kritikos, Historical Geography, Harokopio University of Athens
Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, PhD Candidate, Harokopio University of Athens

Charlie Phillips. How great Thou art: 50 years of African Caribbean Funerals in London

5th October to 17th December 2023, Centre for British Photography, Jermyn Street, London

Charlie Phillips’ How Great Thou Art – 50 Years of African Caribbean Funerals in London is a sensitive photographic documentary of the social and emotional traditions that surround death in London’s African Caribbean community. This will be the first time that the Centre for British Photography’s main space will present a solo exhibition.

The title for the exhibition is borrowed from the popular hymn sung at funerals that praises the life of an individual, and this project is a declaration of love and celebration for the traditions and cultures of the African diaspora in London. An immersive exhibition, it will include photographs, video and music.

Find details at the Centre for British Photography 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