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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Short Film Launch: Earth to Earth: Woodland Burial and The Church of England by Professor Douglas Davies

15th June 2011, 13:30 to 14:30, F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton, TS17 6BH

The Wolfson Research Institute in conjunction with Professor Douglas Davies welcome you to attend the launch of the short film "Earth to Earth: Woodland Burial and The Church of England".  The film was commissioned by Professor Douglas Davies, Director of The Centre for Death & Life Studies at the Department of Theology and Religion, and a Fellow of the Wolfson Institute. The film was made by Sarah Thomas, former Durham anthropology student and now ethnographic film maker based in Iceland. The short film is a thought-provoking exploration of the range of values brought to natural burial by bereaved families, individuals and funeral professionals at a woodland burial ground, Barton Glebe. It is an outcome of an AHRC Collaborative doctoral award working with the Arbory Trust site near Cambridge, the first Church of England sponsored site in the UK, which is now in its tenth year. Professor Douglas Davies, supervised the project, which was in part funded by the Wolfson Research Institute.

Professor Davies trained in both anthropology, sociology and theology and is Professor in the Study of Religion and Director of The Centre for Death and Life Studies. He has published several books across a range of material on death rites, Mormonism and Anglicanism, as well as in theoretical aspects of religious studies. His most recent publication is Emotion, Identity and Religion: Hope, Reciprocity and Otherness (OUP 2011), one outcome of an AHRC Network Award on Emotions and Identity.

The film is approx 30 minutes in duration and will be shown at 13:30 on 15th June, followed by a brief Questions and Answer session with Professor Davies.  To register to attend please follow this link.

For any additional assistance please contact Linda Crowe.


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