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Open Thanatology Inaugural Conference: 16 & 17 June 2022

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 13:00 to Friday, June 17, 2022 - 14:00
The Open University, Milton Keynes & Online
Dr Joseph De Lappe

Open Thanatology logoThe Open Thanatology Research Group at The Open University is hosting an inaugural conference on 16 and 17 June which will comprise a face-to-face event on campus in Milton Keynes (16 June), plus an online event the following day (17 June).  

The campus event on 16 June will include a keynote speech by Dr Libby Sallnow - the first author of the new Lancet Commission on the Value of death: bringing death back into life (2022) – and a short film screening and presentations about Open Thanatology’s work.

The online event on 17 June will include a keynote by Dr Neil Thompson – author of Manifesto for Making a Difference – and six presentations by Open Thanatology members about their research. 

Full details about each day, including further information about the speakers, can be found on the registration pages (see links below) 


>>> Register for the campus event - Thu 16 June <<<
NOTE: Deadline for campus event registrations is Wed 1 June

>>> Register for the online event - Fri 17 June <<<

For further information, please get in touch with Dr Joseph De Lappe (

About Open Thanatology

Open Thanatology is the OU's interdisciplinary research group for the study and education of death, dying, loss, and grief across the life course.

Death, dying, and bereavement has been a major research and teaching theme at the OU for over 20 years. Open Thanatology's research covers theoretical and practice-related dimensions across end-of-life care and death, including reproductive and neonatal loss, bereavement, and memorialisation.

Our work is theoretically driven and aims to inform both theory and practice spanning the arts and social sciences, professional practice, caring, and education

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