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Trauma, Grief, Loss: The Art of Bereavement Conference

‘Trauma, Grief, Loss: The Art of Bereavement’ is a conference hosted by the International Textile Research Centre to be held on Friday 15th May 2015 at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey. This conference brings together for the first time, a group of writers, makers, and researchers to discuss the importance and varied methods of materializing the trauma of mourning, grief and loss.

There will also be an exhibition ‘The Art of Bereavement’ at the Crafts Study Centre which will open from 12th 2015 until 30th November.

Keynote speakers

Dr. Brian Dillon, writer, critic and tutor at the RCA in Critical Writing in Art and Design. Dr Dillon’s first book ‘In the Dark Room’ (Penguin, 2005) won the Irish Book Award for non-fiction. It is a memoir, following the death of his parents, exploring how memory works emotionally and culturally and draws on examples from literature, philosophy and visual art. Dr Dillon also curated the exhibition ‘Ruin Lust’ at Tate Britain in 2014.

Dr David H. Slater, is an anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo. His research interests range across capitalism, social class, labour, youth culture, urban ethnography and social media. His publications include ‘Japan Copes with Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011,’ Gill, Steger, Slater (eds) 2013.

The full programme will be published on the website.

The conference fee is £45.

There are a limited number of student places at £15; these will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

A light lunch as well as morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided.

The Crafts Study Centre opens at 10.00 for delegates wishing to see ‘The Art of Bereavement’ Exhibition before the conference. There will also be an opportunity to visit during the lunch break.

Registration for this event opens February 2015.

For queries please email

See the Call for Papers (closes Friday 14th November)