The Politics and Practice of Deathscapes and Diversity
Diversity-ready Cemeteries and Crematoria: Policy-briefing Report Launch Event and Exhibition
The Meadow Suite, University of Reading
Wednesday 13th June, 11am – 4pm
In light of increasing ethnic and religious diversity, there is a need for diversity-ready cemeteries, crematoria and remembrance sites in the UK. The AHRC-ESRC Deathscapes & Diversity research project has investigated the politics and practices of migrant and minority cemetery and crematoria provision in four case towns in England and Wales, working with local providers and communities. The project is supported by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Institute for Cemetery and Crematorium Management, and aims to catalyse a more inclusive dialogue, provision, policy and research agenda across the sector.
A policy-briefing report for local and national government and other service providers will be launched at the University of Reading on June 13th, outlining challenges, opportunities and examples of good practice for cemetery and crematoria spaces and practices in multicultural England and Wales. During the day, the report will be presented to and workshopped with a variety of stakeholders, including diverse user groups, academics, local authority planners and bereavement services. In addition, there will be a photographic exhibition portraying culturally diverse cemetery and crematorium practices, and the experiences of project participants.
The launch is by invitation only, but there are a few spaces remaining, please contact Danny McNally [log in to unmask] by June 5th if you would like to attend.
Dr Avril Maddrell,
Associate Professor in Human Geography,
Department of Geography and Environmental Science,
School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science,
University of Reading,
Whiteknights, PO Box 227,
Editor: Social and Cultural Geography www.tandfonline.com/loi/rscg20
Current AHRC-ESRC Project: Deathscapes & Diversity: www.deathscapesanddiversity.org.uk
Current open/free access papers:
'Mapping grief. A conceptual framework for understanding the spatial dimensions of bereavement, mourning and remembrance' Social and Cultural Geography http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14649365.2015.1075579
'Mind the Gap. Gender disparities still to be addressed in UK Higher Education Geography' (with Kendra Strauss, Nicola Thomas and Stephanie Wyse) Area
'Celtic pilgrimage, past and present: from historical geography to contemporary embodied practices' (with Richard Scriven), Social and Cultural Geography http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14649365.2015.1066840
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