Elements of Death

Elements of Death:

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality, Burial, and the Afterlife

Seminar November 28: Aether and Death

On Wednesday the 28th of November we will have the last Elements of Death seminar, on the theme of Aether the supernatural fifth element. As usual we are in the seminar room 2-2033 in Uppsala and in Uppsalarummet in Visby from 15.30 – 17.30.

This time we have three presentations on the theme of Death and Aether:

Ulla Moilanen, Turku university

Controlling the Corpses and Seeing Ghosts: "Atypical" Burial Practices in Late Iron Age Finland.


Tommy Kuusela, Institute for Language and Folklore

Fear the Walking Dead: Some Thoughts on Belief and Protection against Ghosts and Revenants in Scandinavia.

Terje Østigård, Uppsala university / The North Africa Institute

Spatiality and liminality in Christian mortuary practices and beliefs: Being and beings in graves and between Heaven and Hell.

After the seminar there will be a post seminar at self-cost price so remember to bring some cash for the post seminar beverages and snacks.

Seminar 31 October: Fire

The organizers of the Aspects of Death seminar series are delighted to announce a new series of meetings that will focus on the human relationship with death, and its associations with the terrestrial elements of Water, Earth, Fire, Air, and the so-called ‘fifth element’; Aether. These include ways of dying, attitudes towards death and the dead, body and burial practices and mortuary rites, as well as cultural perceptions on what takes place after death.

The Elements of Death can be understood as the framework that shapes the human experience of death.

The seminar series is open for all interested students and researchers as long as you contact jhonny.therus@arkeologi.uu.se beforehand.

Organizers are:

Jhonny Therus

Anne Landborg

Ben Raffield