At the advent of the current wave of the death acceptance movement, the observation was widely made by press, funeral industry professionals and advocates, of the overwhelming number of women participating and expressing interest in death – from academics, to health care professionals, to artists.
As founders, our aim with Death & the Maiden was to create a space of exploration to examine the relationship between women and death by creating a platform for both discussion and feminist narratives. Death & the Maiden offers a supportive and inclusive community which endeavors to amplify the voices of those actively creating the future of death.This is accomplished by publishing articles, interviews and running a popular Twitter account that features the work and experiences of those working directly with or are inspired by themes of death. We acknowledge that social justice movements fighting for human, social, or reproductive rights of women such as Black Lives Matter, Ni Una Mas and countless others, are streams of the death positive movement. Among our contributors are scholars, death doulas, scientists, morticians, game developers, museum professionals, artists, anthropologists and activists, to name a few.
In the press, women working with death are often reduced to stereotypes of the nurturing, sensitive, party planner – portrayed as selfless martyrs or even Disney Princesses – viewing the individuals, the work and the movement through a narrow lens, acknowledging only a fraction of the picture.
As women and non-binary folks, many of us are often forced to confront death in ways men are not. Murders of trans women of colour, indigenous women in Canada, women in Mexico and El Salvador, or at the hands of our domestic partners and law enforcement are so common that they are now deemed “epidemics” by experts. Care of elderly and dying family members overwhelmingly falls to women, Latina teens and trans women have the highest rate of suicide attempts and deaths in the U.S., and of course, there is a long history of reproductive rights tied to death in countless ways, notably in Ireland.
Each day, there are new blogs, websites and social media accounts dedicated to exploring topics of death, however, the vast majority of them are limited in scope, providing only one narrative that fits into the good or beautiful death. We we will never change our death denying cultural attitudes if we continue to keep death confined to pretty Victorian keepsakes, academic lectures and clever memes.
At Death & the Maiden, we strive to portray death in its entirety, and encourage our contributors and audience to confront this often challenging topic through science, literature, art, first person narratives, culture, history and current events.
Death has a face and it belongs to us all.
This conference was co-convened in partnership with:
Senior Fellow in Theology and Religious Studies, University of Winchester, Dr Christina Welch started university as a mature student having previously had a career in the financial services sector. She did much of her study as a single parent, and is dyslexic.
, Dr Christina Welch started university as a mature student having previously had a career in the financial services sector. She did much of her study as a single parent, and is dyslexic.
Christina plays a leading role in the Medieval Jewish Winchester project, an interdisciplinary project in which academics from across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are working closely with Winchester City Council to rediscover Winchester’s forgotten Jewish history and heritage.
Find out more about the Medieval Jewish Winchester project.
She is the Programme Leader for Winchester’s Death, Religion and Culture MA which combines, within a common and specific theme, a range of modules dealing with the study of death rhetoric and rituals as seen in a variety of religious traditions as well as within contemporary popular culture. The MA is a unique programme and explores the rich variation in a variety of texts, traditions and practices, and seeks to understand the ideas behind these sources.
Thank you to:
For sponsoring our “On Stage and Screen” panel and our Saturday night wine reception.
All conference merchandise was designed by Lozzy Bones:
Every delegate receives a reusable coffee cup made by Gum Drop from recycled chewing gum:
West Downs, University of Winchester
Romsey Road | Winchester | Hampshire | SO22 5HT
This beautiful building was originally an 18th Century boys boarding school and refurbished in 2001, this light and modern conference centre retains many of its original Victorian features
University B&B accommodation available at:
Burma Road | Sparkford Road | Winchester | SO22 4NR
Parking permits will be distributed at registration
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There are taxis outside the railway station and the fare is around £5 to get to West Downs
You can catch a bus from Bus Stop C: services 5, E1 or 66 opposite the train station for around £1.50
Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon to include conference attendance on Friday including registration and afternoon coffee, conference dinner, and B&B accommodation ensuite single room on Friday night, conference attendance on Saturday, to include registration, morning and afternoon coffee, buffet lunch, conference dinner, and B&B accommodation Saturday night ensuite single room, conference attendance on Sunday to include registration, morning and afternoon coffee, and buffet lunch. All activities are included in this package (excluding Brookwood coach trip) – cost student rate £260, delegate rate £300
Sunday conference dinner – cost student rate £25, delegate rate £30
Monday coach trip to Brookwood to include light lunch and 3 course evening meal – limit to 30 people total – cost £85
Book your own conference attendance
*Friday: (includes registration with coffee, afternoon coffee, conference dinner with bar) & Friday activities – cost student rate £60, delegate rate £75
*Saturday: (includes registration with coffee, morning coffee, buffet lunch, conference dinner with bar) & Saturday activities – cost student rate £70, delegate rate £85
*Sunday: (includes registration with coffee, morning coffee, buffet lunch, afternoon coffee) & Sunday activities – cost student rate £45, delegate rate £55
Book your own accommodation B&B (ensuite single room):
Thursday night student rate £50, delegate rate £60
Friday night – as above
Saturday night – as above
Sunday night – as above
Monday night – as above
Sunday conference dinner – cost student rate £25, delegate rate £30
Monday coach trip to Brookwood to include light lunch and 3 course evening meal – – cost £85