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Death and Dying seminar series

Headstones in a graveyard

The Death and Dying research group held a series of monthly seminar series, which started January 2017 with a fascinating presentation on the global perspective of palliative care.

Each month they showcased a different theme on death and dying across the life-course by engaging leading academics and professionals. Seminars were free to all interested in attending. There was time in each session for discussion and debate. 

More information about teaching and research at the OU on death and dying.

 

Upcoming seminars:

Please note: the seminar series has now finished

Sign up to our mailing list to be sent details nearer the time by contacting wels-research-admin@open.ac.uk

More information about the Death, Dying and Bereavement research group.

 

Past seminars:

Common or Multiple Futures for End of Life Care Interventions Around the World

January 18th 2017. We were delighted to be joined by Shahaduz Zaman, who gave a fascinating talk about his research funded by the Wellcome Trust. See the video below and read the Seminar summary (pdf) by Zana Saunders, PhD Researcher, WELS.

Thinking differently about death

February 21st 2017. Pet Death/Using Art to Talk about Death (Prof Davies, Durham University and Emma Curtis, Founder of Extraordinary Ceremonies). In this second seminar on aspects of death and dying, the audience were inspired by two thought provoking and contrasting presentations from Professor Douglas Davies and Emma Curtis – see the videos below and read the Seminar summary (jpg) by Maddie Blackburn, Doctoral Candidate, WELS.

Professor Douglas Davies, Durham University

Emma Curtis, Founder of Extraordinary Ceremonies

The Use of Sedation in Dying Patients

March 21st 2017. Dr Arolker, Heart of England, NHS. Arolker's seminar was a great example of how ethnographic research can shed light on medical practices considered to be routine. See the video below and read the Seminar summary (jpg) by Erica Borgstrom, Lecturer, WELS.

Death towards the beginning of life

April 18th 2017. Dr Siassakos, University of Bristol, and Claire Storey, International Stillbirth Alliance. Dr Dimitrios Siassakos came to The Open University to talk about his research on stillbirth and parental bereavement. See the video below and read the Seminar summary (jpg) by Erica Borgstrom, Lecturer, WELS.

Material Legacies: Death, Design and the Digital

16th May 2017. Stacey Pitsillidies, University of Greenwich, Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts. See the video below.

Palliative Care in the 21st Century

20th June 2017. Scott Murray, University of Edinburgh and Karen Chumbley, St Columba Hospice, Colchester. An interactive seminar and discussion on how palliative care can meet the needs of current and future populations. See the videos below, information about the Seminar speakers (jpg), and a review of the Seminar (pdf) by Erica Borgstrom, Lecturer, WELS.

Scott Murray, University of Edinburgh

Karen Chumbley, St Columba Hospice, Colchester

Death and the Moving Image: Ideology, Iconography and I

18th July 2017. Michele Aaron, University of Birmingham. See the video below. An interactive seminar exploring how death has been portrayed in cinema, and how the ethical and aesthetic potential of film can effect social, political or personal change.

Palliative Care in New Zealand

15th August 2017. Merryn Gott, University of Auckland. After a quick introduction to New Zealand and its cultural context, Merryn delivered a fascinating insight into recent research activities by Te Arai: the Palliative Care and End of Life Care Research Group based at The University of Auckland. See the video below and a Seminar review (pdf) by Zana Saunders, PhD Researcher, WELS.

 

Initiative to improve access to palliative care for people with learning disabilities

19th September 2017. Louise Jenkins, Hertfordshire County Council. See the video below, the Top to Toe Handbook: A guide to support early recognition of the signs and symptoms of ill health in people with learning disabilities (pdf), and a Seminar review (pdf) by Kerry Jones, Lecturer, WELS.

Adult Vulnerability and the Adult Attitudinal Grief Scale: From Theory to Practice

17th October 2017. Linda Machin, Keele University. See the video below, Identifying Vulnerability in Grief using the Adult Attitude to Grief scale (pptx), the Adult Attitude to Grief scale (pdf), the Adult Attitude to Grief score sheet (pdf), the Reading list (pdf), and a Seminar review (pdf) by Kerry Jones, Lecturer, WELS.

A Debate on Assisted Suicide

21st November 2017. Lesley Close, Dignity in Dying and Dr Kevin Yuill, University of Sunderland. See the video below, photos (pdf) from Lesley Close, Why we need an assisted dying law (ppt) powerpoint presentation (Lesley Close), and a Seminar review (pdf).

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