CFP: Death and Identity in Scotland from the Medieval to the Modern, University of Edinburgh

29th – 31st January 2016

University of Edinburgh

This is the third in a series of conferences that aims to accelerate interest and research into Scottish death studies. The theme for 2016 is death and identity. Papers are invited to explore this subject within any period from the medieval into the modern day from any disciplinary perspective. Established research and work-in-progress welcomed.

Plenary speakers

  • Professor Christine Borland, Artist, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Emeritus Professor of Scottish and Victorian Literature Ian Campbell, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Douglas Davies, Department of Theology and Religion, the University of Durham

A plenary discussion will explore Death after the Reformation – what do we still need to understand about continuity and change in beliefs, attitudes and practices.

  • Professor Jane Dawson, John Laing Professor of Reformation History, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
  • Revd Dr Stephen Mark Holmes, Honorary Fellow in Church History, Edinburgh University School of Divinity
  • Professor Nigel Llewellyn, (Chair) former Head of Research, Tate
  • Dr Margaret Mackay, Honorary Fellow Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Michael Penman, Senior Lecturer, History, University of Stirling

This is the third in a series of conferences on Scottish death studies. Papers are particularly welcome on:

  • The Effect of the Reformation upon Scottish Death practices & beliefs
  • Death in the Scottish Diaspora
  • Folklore, customs & rituals
  • Death, grief and mourning
  • Death, poverty, age, gender & status
  • Architecture, landscape & monuments
  • Death in literature and the visual arts
  • Legal & medical aspects of death
  • Theology, liturgy & funeral ministry

Email abstracts of no more than 200 words by 16th October 2015 to Susan Buckman. For more information, visit the event web site.

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