Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies

Skeletons and Social Bodies

Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies Conference

24th – 26th March 2017

University of Southampton

(The following was copied and pasted from the SSSB17 conference website)
SSSB is an interdisciplinary conference, and therefore we invite abstracts which cover a range of aspects of death and anatomy. We encourage individuals from all areas and stages of study to consider submitting an abstract, and whether they are from a commercial/industrial or academic background.

You may submit an abstract for a podium presentation, a Pecha Kucha* presentation (see below), or a poster presentation.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • history of anatomy and dissection
  • death in the modern age
  • dissections, prosections and technology: can we ever replace cadavers in a medical setting?
  • ethics of display of human remains
  • funerary practices through the ages
  • disability and disease: archaeological and medical
  • changing attitudes to death and the human body (eg. the death positive movement)
  • battlefields, disaster areas, and identification of the dead
  • forensic methods, eg. facial reconstruction
  • dead on the big screen: television, documentary, film and media
  • lifecourse and osteobiographies
  • sex and gender, biology and identity
  • morphology and evolutionary anatomy
  • the body social

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, and should be formatted in a Word file (either a .doc or .docx file). Please include the following information when submitting your abstract: your full name, institution/company, and whether you are applying for a podium, Pecha Kucha*, or poster presentation.

Please submit your abstracts via email to by Friday 16th December 2016. If you have any questions, please contact us as soon as possible.
* What is a Pecha Kucha presentation?
 A Pecha Kucha presentation, otherwise known as a ’20×20′ presentation, is a concise presentation format consisting of exactly 20 slides which are each displayed for 20 seconds. The slides are set to change automatically after 20 seconds, therefore producing a presentation which is exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds in length. This type of presentation works best with images and little text, so would work very well for particularly visual presentations or projects.

Further information is available at If your abstract is accepted for a Pecha Kucha presentation, you will be sent further guidance on how to format your presentation. If you have any questions, please contact the organising committee.
Call for Workshop Proposals
We also invite proposals for workshops, which will be run on the final day of this three day conference. Workshops should be related to the overall theme of the conference, but can cover a topic not listed above.

In your proposal, please include the following information:

  • title of the workshop
  • organisers and main contact (including contact details for all)
  • number of delegates per group/session
  • target audience/profession
  • any requirements of the delegates taking part
  • facilities required (eg. classroom, laboratory, open space, etc)
  • technical equipment required (eg. computer/audiovisual equipment)
  • outline of the workshop, including aims or objectives
  • relevance to the conference theme
  • any health and safety concerns or associated risks of the workshop
  • is this a new workshop, or has something similar run before? If so, please give details

Organisers will be asked to run their workshops twice (up to two hours each), or can run a four hour ‘drop in’ session. Please specify which format you would like to run when applying, and why you feel this format would work best for your workshop.

Please submit workshop proposals to by Friday 18th November 2016. If you have any ideas, we encourage you to contact the committee to discuss your proposal informally so we can advise you on whether we have suitable facilities.
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Death, Dying, Bereavement and Technologies in the 21 Century

CFP: Death, Dying, Bereavement and Technologies in the 21 Century

BSA Social Aspects of Death, Dying and Bereavement Study Group Annual Symposium

Friday 2 December 2016, University of Sheffield


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Before I Die: A festival for the living about dying


University of York

Part of a growing social movement to reflect on how we manage death and dying, by providing space and opportunities to talk and discuss end-of-life issues as individuals and as a society. Our festival is part of a network of events across the UK for national ‘Dying Awareness’ week.



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The Seventeenth Colloquium on Cemeteries will take place at the University of York on Friday, 20th May. This day event comprises an informal meeting of researchers in all disciplines with an interest in burial places, and a particular focus is placed on new and emerging research. Postgraduates are particularly welcome.

Please email Dr Julie Rugg for further information at:

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Digital Death

A plug for research by Stacey Pitsillides on Digital Death.

Her videos on ‘Avatar Ashes’, ‘Memorial Tweets’ and ‘The Digital Foundation of Archaeology’  raise significant issues for the future of human and other-than-human death, posthumous legacy and online memorialisation. She can be contacted via Twitter @RestInPixels.

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A Will for the Woods

A plug for a great feature documentary: A Will for the Woods. 

Synopsis: Determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet, musician and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial.

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Assisted Dying Panel Debate podcast from Bristol Museum as part of its ‘Death: The Human Experience’ exhibition

Here are some timings to make this Bristol Museum debate more coherent:

0:00:00 Noise while people are waiting for the debate to start!

0:21:00 Lisa Graves (Exhibition Curator)

0:24:20 Richard Huxtable (Chair – Prof of Medical Ethics and Law, University of Bristol)

0:34:00 Lesley Close (Accompanied her brother to Dignitas in 2003)

0:52:30 Silvan Luley (Dignitas)

1:11:10 Katherine Sleeman (Clinical Lecturer in Palliative care, Kings College, London)

1:21:30 Havi Carel (Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol)

1:30:15 John Troyer (Director Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath)

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