Death and Sexuality
BSA Death, Dying and Bereavement Study Group Annual Symposium

14 December 2023

The 2023 edition of the BSA Death, Dying and Bereavement Group Annual Symposium invited sociologists to map the intersections of death and sexuality. Submissions spanned from sexual activity and intimacy at the end of life to partner bereavement, extended families, and the memorialization of queer scholars and identities. Cross-cutting themes were experiences of marginality and discrimination concerning sexual expression and relationships reported by older adults, people living with a life-limiting disease and LBTQIA+ identifying people.

The symposium was recorded, and the recording is available to watch below and on YouTube

The full program is detailed below, with the full abstracts available here. Some authors kindly shared their slide presentations too.


Session 1: Sex and intimacy in later life and the end of life

Session 2: LGBTQ+ people, close relationships, and loss

  • Death and Dying in the Queer Family
    Polly Maxwell, University of Bath, UK (presentation from 2:32:00)
  • Queer (In)visible and Disenfranchised: The Situation of LGBTQ+ Seniors in the Czech Republic - slides
    Světlana Nedvědová, Masaryk University, CZ (presentation from 2:59:00)
  • Death, Intergenerationality and Sexuality Scholarship – Memory, Mentorship, Boundary Work and the Queer 'Queer' Legacy of Ken Plummer's Writing
    Dr Christian Klesse, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (presentation from 3:19:42)

Session 3: Memorialization, identity, and the body

  • Narrative Transgressions: Identity and bereavement in Latin American Cinema
    Dr Meiko Makita and Scott Morris, University of Dundee, UK (presentation at 3:55:26)
  • Bidding a Final Adieu in Darkness: The Saga of Hijaras (transgenders) in India
    Dr Veenat Arora, Post Graduate Government College for Girls, India
  • Tactile Intimacies of Death: Corpse Washers and Gendered Limits of Mourning in Turkey
    Dr Asli Zengin, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, USA