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ASDS Ambassador for Scandinavia

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköld

Alfred Thomas Bordado Sköl' Aalborg University' Denmark

Alfred Bordado Sköld carries a MA. Philosophy and a MSc in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen' Denmark. He has worked within the areas of continental philosophy' existential phenomenology and psychoanalysis. His present affiliation is within the research center The Culture of Grief at Aalborg University' that investigates the existential and sociocultural aspects of bereavement following the diagnosing of Prolonged grief disorder in ICD-11. Alfred's Ph.D.-project consists of a longitudinal interview study of bereaved partners in different generations' whereby he explores the socio-ontological aspects of losing a life partner. His interest also covers death studies more generally' the philosophy and psychology of love as well as critical happiness studies.

 

ASDS Ambassador for the Netherlands

Brenda Mathijssen

Brenda Mathijssen

Brenda Mathijssen University of Groningen' the Netherlands

Brenda is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen' the Netherlands. She has an expertise in death studies' psychology of religion and anthropology of religion. By investigating death in contemporary societies' she aims to more fully understand funerary and bereavement processes. Moreover' she seeks to unpick people's complex and everchanging meaning and belief systems.

Brenda has previously worked on ritual creativity' secularisation and death in the Netherlands (Radboud University Nijmegen)' and has been part of an AHRC-ERSC project on deathscapes and religious-ethnic plurality in the UK (University of Reading). She is affiliated to the Centre for Thanatology (Nijmegen)' the Centre for Death and Life Studies (Durham University) and the European Research Network on Death Rituals.

Email: Brenda.mathijssen@rug.nl

Publications Mathijssen' B. & Venhorst' C. (2019). Funerary practices in the Netherlands. Bradford: Emerald. Mathijssen' B. (2017). Making sense of death. Ritual practices and situational beliefs of the recently bereaved in the Netherlands. Münster: Lit Verlag. Mathijssen' B. (2018). 'Transforming bonds. Ritualising post-mortem relationships in the Netherlands'. Mortality. 23 (3) 215-230. Maddrell' A.' Beebeejaun' Y.' McClymont' K.' McNally' D.' Mathijssen' B & Abid Dogra' S. (2018). 'Paisatges funeraris i diversitat a Anglaterra i a Gal·les: l'establiment d'una agenda' ['Deathscapes and Diversity in England and Wales: setting an agenda']. La Revista d'Etnologia de Catalunya. 43. 39-53. Mathijssen' B. (2017). 'The ambiguity of human ashes. Exploring encounters with cremated remains in the Netherlands'. Death Studies. 41 (1). 34-41.

 

ASDS Ambassador for Finland

Maija Butters

Maija Butters

Maija Butters' University of Helsinki' Finland

Maija K. Butters (maija.butters@helsinki.fi) is a cultural anthropologist working in the doctoral program of History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Helsinki' Finland. She teaches on death cultures and rituals in various religious and cultural traditions' and her dissertation study is on contemporary death and dying in Finland. In this ethnographic study' she focuses on the various cultural means that terminally ill people employ in order to handle their mortality. She has written on the metaphysical meaning of aesthetic experiences in the face of death' and currently she is exploring rituals and ritualization around dying patients in hospital and hospice surroundings. Her dissertation also includes a discussion on contemporary care system and healthcare politics in Finland. Maija is involved with hospice education' and she lectures on culturally and religiously sensitive patient care in hospitals and at medical conferences. Previously she has published on Buddhist art and Tibetan culture' and she has also written on the embodied experiences of becoming a mother. Various philosophical and anthropological themes' such as embodiment' rituals' aesthetics' suffering and joy' are close to her heart.

Email: maija.butters@helsinki.fi

 

ASDS Ambassador for Finland

Ilona Pajari

Ilona Pajari

Ilona Pajari' Finnish Death Studies Association' Finland

Dr. Ilona Pajari (née Kemppainen) is a social historian of Finnish death' its rituals and social contexts in war and peace. Her research topics range from war death to death notices and from manner guides' etiquette instructions to cemetery design. Pajari is the founding member and present Chair of the Finnish Death Studies Association and a co-editor of Thanatos' a peer-reviewed' online journal that promotes interdisciplinary research on death and dying. Recently' she has edited Suomalaisen kuoleman historia [The History of Finnish Death] (Gaudeamus' 2019). Her latest study considers secular burials in Finland from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Pajari is an independent historian.

 

ASDS Ambassador for Cyprus

Polyxeni Stylianou

Polyxeni Stylianou

Polyxeni Stylianou' Primary Teacher & Independent Researcher' Cyprus

Polyxeni Stylianou is a primary teacher and a researcher. She received her MA degree in Education (Psychology) from the Institute of Education (University of London) and her doctorate in Theory of Education and Curriculum from the Open University of Cyprus. Her research interests mainly cover the integration of the concepts of death' loss and grief in primary education. She has been working as a teacher in public primary schools in Cyprus since 2001. She delivers conference presentations both nationally and internationally (e.g. DDD12' DDD13' DDD14' 40th ADEC Conference) and she publishes articles in scientific journals. She had worked for three years as a teacher trainer at the In-Service Training Department of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute offering seminars both to teachers and parents and editing educational material relevant to Death Education. Currently she is working on two projects. The first one is on approaching grief issues through children's literature. One of the purposes of this project is to explore teachers' and children's attitudes and reactions on the implementation of relevant suggested lesson plans and based on them to make assumptions on Death Education based on empirical data. The second project is on discussing History with children through war graves. The main aim of this project is to discuss the consequences of wars focusing on life and people.

 

ASDS Ambassador for England

Sue Chard

Sue Chard

Sue Chard Independent Celebrant' England

Sue lives near Stroud in Gloucestershire with her husband has two daughters and a grandson. She has been an Independent Celebrant for 17 years offering people support in creating a funeral rite that works for them. It can be secular' religious or Seculigious (Chard' 2016) in nature. In 2017' she completed a MSc at CDAS University of Bath in which she considered how the initial narrative between Funeral Director/arranger and those arranging a funeral affects the final funeral rite and what can be offered to ensure people receive the ceremony they hoped for. She is considering starting a PhD on her interests in contemporary funeral rites and especially the changing face of the twenty first century English funeral.

 

ASDS Ambassador for Italy

Mattia Petricola

Sue Chard

Mattia Petricola' University of Bologna' Italy

Mattia Petricola has recently completed a PhD in comparative literature and literary theory at the University of Bologna. His research interests lie at the intersection of thanatology' fantastic fiction' cultural history' and category theory. He has published articles on Philip K. Dick' Peter Greenaway' queer approaches to the polarity life-death' and the notion of spectrality in video art. He is the Italian ambassador for ASDS.

 

ASDS Ambassador for Romania

Adrianna Teodorescu

Adrianna Teodorescu

Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Adriana Teodorescu is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Babesş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 2011, and she is currently enrolled in a second Ph.D. program in Sociology since 2016. In March 2016, she organized a seminar on death in literature, at Harvard University, as part of the American Comparative Literature Association's Annual Meeting. She is also co-organizer of the annual "International Conference Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe", Romania, since 2010. Editor of "Death within the Text: Social, Philosophical and Aesthetic Approaches to Literature" (2019) and "Death Representations in Literature. Forms and Theories" (2015), Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Co-editor of "Death in Contemporary Popular Culture" (with Michael Hviid Jacobsen), Routledge, 2019. Co-editor of the "Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe" volumes, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011 and 2014 (with Marius Rotar). Vice-president of The Romanian Association for Death Studies. Her fields of interest include, in addition to death studies, the sociology of ageing and old age, gender studies, comparative literature, and cultural studies.

Contact: adriana.teodorescu@gmail.com

 

ASDS Ambassador for India

Khyati Tripathi

Khyati Tripathi

Khyati Tripath, University of Delhi, India

Khyati Tripathi is a Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Delhi, India. She was awarded the Commonwealth split-site scholarship 2016-17 to spend a year of her PhD in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. After completing her B.A (H) and M.A in Psychology from the University of Delhi, she completed an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology and then went on to pursue her PhD in Social and Cultural Psychology. She has been awarded Research Fellowships by the University Grants Commission as well as the Indian Council of Medical Research in India. She has just submitted her PhD thesis which focuses on the cultural construction of the dead in Hinduism and Judaism through culture-specific death rituals and mortuary techniques.

Email: khyatitripathi27@gmail.com

 

ASDS Ambassador for Australia

Hannah Gould

Hannah Gould

Hannah Gould, University of Melbourne, Australia

Hannah Gould is a cultural anthropologist specialising in death and discarding, material culture, and religion. She is currently ARC Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, working with the DeathTech Research Team, an interdisciplinary group of scholars examining death, technology, and social change in the twenty-first century. Her work spans the emergence and decline of ritual traditions and technologies of death, the lifecycle of religious materials, and modern minimalist movements. Hannah holds a MSc Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology from Oxford University and PhD Cultural Anthropology from The University of Melbourne. She is the recipient of the Japan Foundation Fellowship, the Dyason Fellowship, and the Rae & Edith Bennet Scholarship, and her work has been published in Anthropological Quarterly, FOCAAL, Journal of Material Religion, and Death Studies.

 

ASDS Ambassador for France & Quebec, Canada

Martin Robert

Martin Robert

Martin Robert, University of Oxford

Martin Robert is a historian currently based at the University of Oxford, where he is a Research Fellow in the History of Medicine at the Oxford Center for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology (OCHSMT), and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College. Martin has coauthored with Laura Tradii (University of Cambridge) the article Do We Deny Death? (part I and part II) published in Mortality. He has also published on the advent of funeral cremation in Europe and Canada in Histoire sociale / Social History. Martin's monograph La fabrique du corps médical. Dissections humaines et formation médicale dans le Québec du XIXe siècle [On the Fabric of the Medical Body. Human Dissections and Medical Education in 19th-century Quebec] is under review at McGill-Queen's University Press.

'Feel free to contact me about the history of death or medicine, anatomical dissections or cremation, or if you have any queries about death studies in France or Quebec.'

Academic page: https://www.hsmt.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-martin-robert

 

ASDS Ambassador for Japan

Aki Miyazawa

Aki Miyazawa

Aki Miyazawa, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Aki Miyazawa is a religious sociologist specializing in death, funerals and graves in contemporary societies. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Her research interests focus on natural burial movements around the world, especially natural burial in the UK and tree burial in Japan. She questions why such phenomena have occurred in many countries at a similar time, despite the many and varied differences of historical, social, cultural and religious backgrounds. Aki suggests the decline of existing belief systems and the emergence of new ecological ethics in such areas where natural burial movements have occurred, while the forms of natural burial can only be understood within context. Aki holds a Master of Literature from the University of Tsukuba. She was also a Fellow with the JSPS Research Fellowship for Younger Scientist (DC2) in 2018-2019, and a Visiting Research Fellow at CDAS during 2019.7-2019.12, funded by JSPS.