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Earth to Earth: Short Film Launch

15 June 11

Woodland Burial and The Church of England by Professor Douglas Davies


15 June 2011



13:15 – Tea/coffee refreshments available

13:30 – Welcome by Professor Douglas Davies

13:35 – View film

14:05 – Questions and Answers

       14:30 – Close


Wolfson Research Institute
Durham University

Queen’s Campus


TS17 6BH

The film “Earth to Earth: Woodland Burial and The Church of England” 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/ESRC Religion and Society Collaborative Studentship 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, undertaken by Hannah Rumble, 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.

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Linda Crowe on 0191 334 0013
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