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NAFD Summer School returns to Durham University 

The event, which is designed to support professional development and inspire blue-sky thinking about the future of the funeral sector, will take place between 4 July and 6 July

The NAFD will host its second, exclusive three-day residential Summer School at St Chad’s College, Durham University this summer, with anthropologist and theologian Professor Douglas Davies.

The event, which is designed to support professional development and inspire blue-sky thinking about the future of the funeral sector, will take place between 4 July and 6 July. 

It will build on the themes of ritual, bereavement and the future of funerals, with topics including, poetry, grief and remembrance, changes in funeral practice and alternative forms of disposal, including resomation.

Professor Douglas Davies trained in Anthropology (Durham and Oxford) and Theology (Durham) and is now professor in the Study of Religion and director of the Centre for Death and Life Studies at Durham University.

He is a regular contributor to discussions on death ritual and belief in the media, considering the topics from religious, theological, health and welfare, public policy, historical and social science perspectives.

He also holds Oxford’s higher doctorate D.Litt., and an honorary doctorate from Sweden’s Uppsala University. He is also an elected Fellow of The Academy of Social Sciences, The Learned Society of Wales, and The British Academy.

His books include:-

  • The influential Death Ritual and Belief, first published in 1997, with a third edition published in 2017;
  • Mors Britannica: Lifestyle and Death-Style in Britain Today (2015);
  • Natural Burial (with Hannah Rumble, 2012);
  • Emotion, Identity and Religion (2011);
  • The Theology of Death (2008); and
  • The Encyclopaedia of Cremation (with Lewis Mates, 2005).

His Brief History of Death (2005) has been translated into numerous languages, including Greek and Japanese.

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