ACHLR and ADSS public lecture – The Social Life of Death

In this public lecture, co-hosted by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research and Australia Death Studies Society (ADSS), Professor Alex Broom PhD will discuss people’s experiences at the end of life.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 31st July 2024
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm (AEST time)
Location: Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus
Cost: Free
RSVP: Register online


As the social world changes, so too are people’s experiences at the end of life, with legal, cultural, economic and ecological shifts each playing a critical role in mediating our final months, weeks and days. Drawing on the experiences of Australians reaching the end of their lives, in this talk I move between their experiences of dying, and the social, cultural, economic and planetary landscapes which structure them. I frame this in terms of the need to care for death and dying, which involves remembering their value not just managing their complexities.

About the presenter

Alex BroomAlex Broom is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney. He is recognised as an international leader in sociology, with a specific interest in health, illness and care.

His work takes a person-centred approach, qualitatively exploring the intersections of individual experience and social, political and economic context.

About ADSS

Australian Death Studies Society (ADSS) aims to foster the development of high-quality scholarship about dying, death, and body disposal within Australia.

ADSS was formed in 2020 in order to:

  • Establish a network of death studies scholars across disciplinary and institutional boundaries within Australia
  • Facilitate public access to expertise in death studies to inform public policy and debate
  • Promote the study of dying, death, and disposal within Australia

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