CFP: Death, Dying and Disposal 13

Death, Dying and Disposal 13

Ritual, Religion and Magic Conference

6th-10th September 2017

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

 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 burring 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.

Call for Papers

To submit your abstract, please email your abstract as a Word Document attachment to

Please accept our apologies:

Unfortunately, we are having issues with the online submission form set up to receive abstracts for this conference.

If you have submitted an abstract through the online submission form, please send it as soon as possible by email to   

(Please note: This request does not apply where an abstract has already been submitted by email.)

 Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length. Deadline for submissions has been extended to 30th April 2017.

Contact information

For Academic enquiries please contact Duncan Sayer via and for any other enquiries please contact Liz Roberts +44 (0) 1772 892650

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