Welcome to Death Salon. We hold events that bring together intellectuals and independent thinkers engaged in the exploration of our shared mortality by sharing knowledge and art. Death is sanitized and hidden in contemporary culture to the point of becoming a taboo subject. We aim to subvert this death denial by opening up conversations with the public about death and its anthropological, historical, and artistic contributions to culture. In the spirit of the 18th-century salon, our informal intellectual gatherings include one annual Death Salon event and smaller one-day Death Salon Forum events hosted in cities worldwide.
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Death Salon Organizers
[Director and Founder] Librarian, historian, Order of the Good Death member, Chair of Death Salon LA (2013), DSF: SF curator (2014). Follow @LibraryatNight
[Founder and Curator] Licensed mortician and founder of the Order of the Good Death; founder and event coordinator for Death Salon LA (2013). Follow @TheGoodDeath
Sarah Elizabeth Troop
[Social Media Editor] curator at The Lindsay Museum, host of The Cabinet Of Curiosities Podcast and blogger of Nourishing Death. Presenter at Death Salon LA (2013) Follow @wunderkamercast
Medical historian, author of The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice and Grave Matters; presenter at Death Salon LA (2013) and co-chair of Death Salon UK (2014). Follow @chirurgeonsappr
Writer, researcher, editor and author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses. Contributor to Lapham’s Quarterly, NYT and more; presenter at Death Salon LA (2013). Follow @besslovejoy
Theatrical Designer, Relic mapper, armchair hagiographer, and blogger of All the Saints You Should Know. Lighting, planning, and presenting at Death Salon LA (2013). Follow @CadaverFormosus
Founder of The Morbid Anatomy Library and The Morbid Anatomy Museum. Historian, photographer, morbid doyenne. Curator and presenter for Death Salon LA (2013). Follow @morbidanatomy
Curator of Odd Salon, fan of dead explorers and doomed expeditions, presenter at Death Salon LA (2013) and organizer of Death Salon Forum, San Francisco (2014). Follow @deadexplorers