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Emilia P Sereva

Emilia P Sereva
Emilia P Sereva
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Norbert Elias, Process Sociology, Social theory, British funeral industry

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Title of Doctoral thesis: Thinking with Elias about British Independent Funeral Firms


PhD Sociology | University of Edinburgh
MA Social Anthropology | Goldsmiths - University of London
MSc Sociology (Research) | the LSE 




  • Sereva E P (2014) On Qualitative Methods. Introductory Lecture to MScR students in Psychiatry. University of Edinburgh: Kennedy Tower - Royal Edinburgh Hospital,  19 November.


Current Posts
  • Research Assistant on the Whites Writing Whiteness Project (2015 - present)
  • Subject Area Web Coordinator (2014 - late 2017)


Conferences & Presentations
  • (2017) Whose Bigger Picture? Norbert Elias in Conversation with British Funeral Directors. BSA Annual Conference 2017, Manchester University, 5 April.
  • (2015) Chair of Theory Stream Paper Session. BSA Annual Conference 2015, Glasgow Caledonian University, 15 April.
  • (2015) Resisting the Theoretical/Methodological Divide: Using Elias's Figuration in Studies of British Funeral Directors. Paper presented at the BSA Annual Conference 2015, Glasgow Caledonian University, 15 April.
  • (2015) Present versus Missing: The Body as Boundary? Panel participant at New Directions. University of Edinburgh, 31 March.
  • (2014) Transacting the Contemporary British Funeral: An Eliasian Approach. Paper presented at New Directions. University of Edinburgh, 3 April.
  • (2014) Organiser of, and reader at: A Civilised Evening with Norbert Elias: Everything you always wanted to know about Eliasian sociology but didn’t dare ask. University of Edinburgh, 20 February.
  • (2014) The Sociogenesis of Figurational Membership in Scottish Funeral Transactions. Paper presented at Death in Scotland, from the Medieval to Modern: Beliefs, Attitudes and Practices. University of Edinburgh- New College, 2 February.
  • (2014) Using Figurational Sociology in Studies of Death and Dying. Paper presented at the Work in Progress Seminar Series. University of Edinburgh, 29 January.
  • (2013) Funeral Parlours in Cyberspace. Project presented at 20 x 20. University of Edinburgh, 8 May. 
  • (2013) The Corpse Has Agency: Marketisation, the internet and the Social (Re)organisation of Death. Paper presented at New Directions. University of Edinburgh, 18 April.
  • (2012) Discussion group participant at Digital Death Day. London, 6 October.


  • (2017, in press) with Liz Stanley. Documents of Life: In Theory and Practice. In (eds) Paul A. Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Melissa A. Hardy and Malcolm Williams. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Research Methods. London: Sage.
  • (2013) Review of: Emotion, Identity & Death: Mortality Across Disciplines. Mortality 18 (1): 106-7.  (link)




Northeastern University | Summa Cum Laude
Northeastern University | Award for Contributions to the Department


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