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Death and Sexuality

BSA Social Aspects of Death, Dying and Bereavement Study Group Annual Symposium

14 December 2023 (9:30am-5pm)

About the Event

Sexual activity and sexual orientation are common aspects of human experience and relationships, but what about their place in death studies? Sociologists have begun to answer this question by studying, for example, sexual and romantic relationships at the end-of-life, as well as re-partnering norms after bereavement. However, there is much yet to explore, particularly forms of kinship and family practices beyond cis-heterosexual and monogamous relationships, and biological parenting. As such, the salience of sexuality in death, dying and bereavement requires further sociological exploration.

Building on last year’s symposium on death and gender, this year’s symposium recognises the intertwined nature of gender and sexuality, and their diverse and mutable forms of expression. The chosen topic for the 2023 symposium thus welcomes broad and creative interpretations of the theme 'sexuality’. The aim is to highlight research and practice that contributes to and extends thinking in these sociological areas.


  • BSA Members: £15
  • Non-members: £25
  • Postgraduate Member Concessionary: £10
  • Postgraduate Non-Member Concessionary: £20