Korina Giaxoglou

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Death Cafe 2015

Tuesday, June 16th
Stanley Picker Gallery

We need to talk about the end of life….

Join us for an open group discussion on life, death and dying matters at a Death Café we will be holding in Stanley Picker Gallery with the aim to explore our own and others’ attitudes to death and reflect on how we can turn death into a lens for life. Previous participants to Death Cafés described the experience as ‘thought provoking’, ‘intimate’ and ‘exhilarating’.

By taking part to a Death Café you become part of a world movement inspired by the ideas of Swiss anthropologist and death studies scholar Bernard Crettaz and developed in its current format by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid. A Death Café is a special occasion: it is an open discussion where the only topic is death. And that makes for a fascinating discussion!

The Death Café is a social franchise that operates as a...

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Death Day 2014 : programme

7th November 2014, Kingston University

9.30- 10.00 Welcome
10.00-10.25 Making End-of-life Decisions from the perspective of Intensive

Care Consultants: Balancing Professional Tension and

Deciding upon the Status of Death
Emmanouela Konstantara, University of Surrey

10.25-10.50 Stories of fatherly suicide
Professor Dariusz Galasinski, Wolverhampton University

10.50-11.15 The Oxygen Man and the Breaking of the Vessels: a creative

response to bereavement by suicide
Joanne Limburg, Kingston University

11.15-11.45 Panel Questions & Discussion

11.45-12.00 Break & light lunch (and move to JG3003)

12.00-14.00 Death Café

Sharon Young, Kingston University


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Research Day on Death & Dying

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University
Friday, 7th November 2014
9:30-18:00pm, JG0001

The day will feature guest talks, discussion and poster presentations by academics and health practitioners on interpretations of death, dying and mourning and contemporary approaches to end-of-life, suicide and bereavement.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Prof. D. Galasinksi (University of Wolverhampton)
  • Prof. E.Semino (University of Lancaster)
  • Dr. Szofia Demjen (Open University)
  • Josephine Speyer (Psychotherapist, co-founder of Natural Death Centre)

Participants will have a chance to share their ideas in a Death Café discussion group (http://deathcafe.com) and attend a specially commissioned performance on dying by Josh Whatsize (Kingston University student in Politics & Drama).

Advance booking required

Registration (incl. coffee/tea and light lunch): £20
(student reduced fee...

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Death Cafe write-up

The first Death Café in Kingston was organised in support of the 5th annual Dying Matters Awareness Week and took place on Tuesday, 13th May at the Rose Theatre (sponsored by the Kingston University Alumni Opportunity Fund). Ten people joined the group discussion on matters of life and death prompted by a set of open-ended questions that were listed in the menu for the Café (e.g. how would you like to be remembered? what is your idea of a good funeral? how would you cope with a loved one’s death? etc.). Participants included a mix of males and females across the age spectrum who contributed to a thought-provoking, intimate and exhilarating discussion about (a) death and its meanings (what is death? how are we to understand it? in what ways does our sociocultural background and experiences shape our perception of death? ), (b) one’s own death (how best to prepare for it, how to let others...

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Death Cafe @ The Rose Theatre Cafe, Kingston Tuesday, 13th May, 13-15pm

Death Cafe is coming to Kingston very soon!

Join us at the spacious and relaxing space of Rose Theatre Swallow Cafe for an informal and lively discussion of death and dying matters during the Dying Matters Awareness Week (12-18 May 2014).

The Café is sponsored by the Kingston University Alumni Opportunity Fund and will be facilitated by Dr Korina Giaxoglou, senior lecturer at Kingston University London and sociocultural linguist investigating traditional and digital practices of mourning.

There is no pre-set agenda or theme to the Kingston Death cafe. The facilitator will work with participants to agree on the ground rules for discussion and will suggest a dialogue format and prompts that participants can choose from depending on their interests and concerns. This is very much a participant-led event, so be prepared to share your views and attitudes with people you have never met...

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