Keynote Speaker

Mike Robinson (Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, UK)

Detail from lock at Skogskyrkogården. Photo: Mattias Frihammar.
Detail from lock at Skogskyrkogården. Photo: Mattias Frihammar.

Call for papers

Death. We all face it. It is the greatest of the life crises and since time immemorial all human societies have devised ways to cope with and explain death. Around the world death is being reconceptualized as heritage, replete with material markers and intangible performances. These heritages of death are personal, national, international and global. They are vernacular as well as official, sanctioned and alternative. The heritage of death has religious, political, economic, cultural, and aesthetic aspects as well. This conference explores the many dimensions of death as heritage.

The highlight of the conference (in addition to Stockholm itself) is a guided study tour of Skogskyrkogården, Stockholm’s Woodland Cemetery, designed by Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz in 1914-1940, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

Location and Special Events

Dates: 10 – 11 September 2015
Location: Stockholm University, Sweden. (For location on map, click here.) The facilities are located near the metro station Universitetet.

Lunch will be served both days. On Thursday evening the conference is invited to Stockholm City Hall for a welcome reception, including buffet and refreshments. Dinner on Friday 11 September will be served.

The program also includes a guided study tour at Skogskyrkogården, The Woodland Cemetery. Skogskyrkogården is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Abstract Deadline (for those wishing to present a talk)

April 15, 2015  

Abstracts should be 100-150 words. Include your name, affiliation, and email. Submit by email to: Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 1, 2015.

Conference space is limited. Please submit your abstract early and register early for full consideration.

Conference Registration Deadline (everyone attending the conference must register and pay the fee)

May 15, 2015

A document including a detailed conference schedule, travel information, and a complete list of participants and papers will be e-mailed to all registered participants on June 1, 2015.

Accomodation & Local Transport

Suggestions for inexpensive accommodation in central Stockholm:

For privately let apartments and rooms, see:

For public transport in Stockholm, see:

Conference Fees

US $ 200 / 1450 SEK (academics, professionals)
US $ 130 / 950 SEK (students)


Please send payment in Swedish Krona (SEK) to Stockholm University's bank:

Swedbank, 105 34 Stockholm
Account no: 890119243778462
IBAN: SE7480000890119243778462

Or, for Scandinavian residents, to: Bankgiro; 5050-0206 (Danske bank).

Please indicate 5463301 and your name on the confirmation on all money transfers. It is very important that we identify who has paid.

The conference organizer will not be responsible for identifying funds transferred directly into the account if the reference information above is not mentioned, nor will the conference organizer accept charges of bank fees associated with the transfer.

View from Skogskyrkogården. Photo: Henning Brüllhoff.
View from Skogskyrkogården. Photo: Henning Brüllhoff.

Further Information

For more information please contact: Dr. Mattias Frihammar (SU) and Dr. Helaine Silverman (UIUC):


Department of Ethnology, Stockholm University, Sweden

CHAMP/Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy, University of Illinois, US

Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, UK

INSPIRE/Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange, at University of Illinois-Stockholm University

BRIDGE/Birmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, Engagement and Education, at University of Birmingham-University of Illinois

TADCH/Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage at University of Birmingham, University of Illinois, Stockholm University