Dr Avril Maddrell

Dr Avril Maddrell is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Reading. Her work as a social and cultural geographer is focused on historical and contemporary issues. Her research interests include gender, emotional-affective geographies, deathscapes, sacred mobilities, place, landscape and heritage, historiography, and charity shops as socio-cultural spaces. She is the Co-Editor of Gender, Place and Culture and Social and Cultural Geography. Her current research (2017-2018) is on Deathscapes and Diversity in multicultural England and Wales, in which with Yasminah Beebeejaun (UCL), Katie McClymont (UWE) she is exploring how space is made for established minorities’ and migrants’ bodily remains and associated ritual and remembrance. Previously (2015-16) her research involved ‘Creating a virtual pilgrimage trail in the Isle of Man: faithscape, landscape and heritage’. Her writings include:

Gemzöe, L., Keinänen, M. and Maddrell A. (eds.), (2016) Contemporary Encounters in Gender and Religion. European perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Maddrell, A. Terry A. and Gale T. (eds.) (2015) Sacred Mobilities, Ashgate, Farnham

Maddrell A., Della Dora V., Scafi A. and Walton H. (2015) Christian pilgrimage, landscape and heritage. Journeying to the sacred, Routledge, London

Maddrell A. and J. Sidaway (eds.) (2010) Deathscapes. New spaces for death, dying and bereavement, Ashgate, Farnham.

Anderson E., A. Maddrell, K. McLouglin and E. Vincent (eds.) (2010) Memory, Mourning, Landscape, Rodopi, Amsterdam

Maddrell A. (2009) Complex Locations: women’s geographical work in the UK 1850-1970, Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers/ Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.

Horne S. and A. Maddrell, (2002) Charity Shops. Retailing, consumption and society, Routledge, London.


Past and Current Confer Events


The Landscapes of Grief
Saturday 15 July 2017


Danielle Knafo and Rocco Lo Bosco (2020) Confer


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