Conference and events

Death Dying and Disposal 13

Ritual Religion and Magic Conference

6th-10th September 2017

At the University of Central Lancashire, Preston


Academic: Duncan Sayer -
Other: Liz Roberts –

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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.

We strive to ensure our conferences and events are inclusive for all. Please let us know at point of booking, if you have any requirements, eg access, mobility, interpreters, hearing, dietary etc, so that we can put provision in place.

To submit your abstract, please complete the online abstract submission form here

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length.

Deadline for submissions is 28th February 2017

The conference booking form will be available soon, and the fees will be:

£200 for Association for Study of Death and Society Members
£230 for Non-members
£110 Student Association for Study of Death and Society Members
Day Delegate rates of £75 per day


The conference will take place in the University of Central Lancashire’s Preston City Campus, and full details will be sent through with maps and directions, once a place is confirmed. The campus is located within walking distance of the city centre. We recommend that you take public transport, as parking on Campus is limited, and there are a variety of public pay and display car parks within walking distance.

Details can be found here about how to get to Preston and the Campus including a campus map


Accommodation is not included in the registration fee and you will have to book accommodation separately.

There are a variety of local accommodation available in Preston, including the following:

Preston International Legacy Hotel, Marsh Lane, Preston, PR1 2YF
Approximately a 5-10 minute walk from the conference venue
Telephone: 0844 411 9028

Premier Inn Preston Central, Fox Street, Preston, PR1 2AB
Approximately a 10 minute walk from the conference venue
Telephone: 0871 527 8908
Online flexible rates from £54 room only

Holiday Inn, The Ringway, Preston, PR1 3AU
Approximately a 15 minute walk from the conference venue
Telephone: 01772 567071
Fax: 01772 204842

Marriott Hotel, Garstang Road, Broughton, Preston. PR3 5JB
Approximately a 20 minute drive from the conference venue
Telephone: 01772 864087 (Select option 1)
Fax: 01772 861728

The Park Hotel: 209 Tulketh Road, Ashton, Preston, PR2 1ES
Approximately a 10/15 minute drive from the conference venue
Telephone: 01772 726250
Fax: 01772 723743

Please mention that you are attending a conference at UCLan when you make a booking, as you may be eligible for UCLan preferential rates, although you can often get better rates via the bookings websites such as,, etc (this does not constitute a recommendation).