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Marking Transitions and Meaning across the Life Course

26 May 11

Memories of Religious and Secular Ceremonies in Eastern and Western Europe

University of Southampton, Thursday 26th May 2011, Room 3095, Shackleton Building (Bldg 44), Faculty of Social & Human Sciences, Highfield Campus, Southampton SO17 1BJ

***Those wishing to attend please contact Peter Coleman in advance at the University of Southampton either by e-mail P.G.Coleman@soton.ac.uk or by telephone 02380 594602

8.30  Tea and coffee  

9.00  Welcome -  Combining gerontological and oral history perspectives                             

                                                         - Peter Coleman (University of Southampton)

Morning session: Chair - Daniela Koleva (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)

9.15  Psychological benefits of ritual following bereavement

                     - Peter Coleman, John Spreadbury (University of Southampton) and Ignat Petrov (Medical School, Sofia)

9.55  Questioning and affirming beliefs at turning points in life

                                      - Sidonia Grama and Ileana Benga (University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

10.35  Religious and secular forms of consolation and coping: a gender perspective

                                      - Teodora Karamelska (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)

Tea/coffee break

11.40 Personal ideologies of death and death-related rituals

                                                         - Galina Goncharova (University of Sofia)

12.20 Creating life transition ceremonies in a new age

                                                         - Hilary Young (Museum of London and University of Southampton)

Lunch break

Afternoon session: Chair - Peter Coleman (University of Southampton)

2.00 The experience of religious and secular ceremony under communism

                                                         - Simina Badica (Romanian Peasant Museum, Bucharest)

2.40 Ceremony and community: communism and post-communism

                                                         - Daniela Koleva (University of Sofia)

Tea/coffee break

3.50 Thoughts on conducting comparative oral history research

                                                         - Joanna Bornat (Open University)

4.30 Invited discussants followed by general discussion

                                                         - Chris Phillipson (Keele University)

                                                         - James Mark (University of Exeter)

5.30 Close

***Those wishing to attend please contact Peter Coleman in advance at the University of Southampton either by e-mail P.G.Coleman@soton.ac.uk or by telephone 02380 594602

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