International Conference – Heritage of Death: Landscapes, Sentiment and Practice

I’m very excited about this forthcoming international conference organized by the Department of Ethnology – Stockholm University and  CHAMP/Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy – University of Illinois to be held in Stockholm on the 10-11 September 2015. I really hope I can go as I have always wanted to visit Asplund’s cemetery!

The conference organisers are currently making a CfP:

Call for papers

Death. We all face it. It is the greatest of the life crises and since time immemorial all human societies have devised ways to cope with and explain death. Around the world death is being reconceptualized as heritage, replete with material markers and intangible performances. These heritages of death are personal, national, international and global. They are vernacular as well as official, sanctioned and alternative. The heritage of death has religious, political, economic, cultural, and aesthetic aspects as well. This conference explores the many dimensions of death as heritage.

The highlight of the conference (in addition to Stockholm itself) is a guided study tour of Skogskyrkogården, Stockholm’s Woodland Cemetery, designed by Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz in 1914-1940, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.


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