ENCOUNTERING CORPSES III CONFERENCE 2017 – confirmed keynote speakers

The 3rd Encountering Corpses symposia is coming on the 8-9th December 2017 in Manchester, UK – save the date!

Full details and booking link to follow.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Prof. Catherine Nash, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London:
Catherine is a feminist cultural geographer with research interests in geographies of identity, relatedness and belonging. I am particularly interested in bringing together a cultural geographical perspective and a focus on kinship which includes attention to genealogical knowledges and imaginations and practices of making relations.  I am currently extending this work by addressing interspecies kinship, entangled family histories of animals and people, and the symbolic, practiced, affective, embodied and spatial dimensions of human-non-human relatedness. Catherine will talk about her current project on the ‘Irish Giant’ Charles Byrne, whose skeleton is displayed in the Hunterian Museum in London.
Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce, Sociology, University of York:
Ruth is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Sociology Department at the University of York. Her background in Sociology is united with an interest in crime and deviance, death and corpses and popular culture and celebrity. Ruth has established the Death and Culture Network at York which runs a biannual international conference as well as being the lead editor of the Emerald Book Series in Death and Culture. She is also on the editorial board for Mortality and Celebrity Studies as well as the advisory board for Cultivate a postgraduate-led journal based in the Centre for Women’s Studies.
Ass. Prof. Margaret M. Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, USA.

https://www.fordham.edu/info/20771/cms_faculty_and_staff/4880/margaret_m_schwartz

Dr. Schwartz is a feminist materialist media theorist with particular interest in the role of embodiment in communicative praxis. She understands communication to be, at its base, a radical encounter between self and other. Her work seeks to move past a politics of representation into what poet Francesca Lisette has called “revolutionary tenderness”: a theoretical attentiveness to practices of care as sites of resistance and reinvention. Her first book, Dead Matter, looked at the corpse as the center of cultural assemblages of mourning, martyrdom, and celebrity. Her current project is an essay on feminist ontology in the digital age, and her next book project will be about translation as a model for communication ethics.
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Booking link now available for evening event after Hull ESRC seminar: ‘Re-encountering Those we have Lost’

‘Re-encountering Those we have Lost’ – is an evening of poetry and performance on loss, memory and memorialisation.

This event takes place in Hull following the ESRC seminar on the 9th Nov. 2017 at 19.30.

Please book and see details via this link:
https://culturenet.co.uk/events/re-encountering-those-we-have-lost

Christopher Reid, multiple award winning poet and previously Professor of Creative Writing at University of Hull will be reading from published and new poems written as an elegiac series for his late wife, Lucinda Gane. One poem, ‘Afterlife’, charts his thoughts on passing the hospital where she left her body to medical research. This verse resonates with current research at the Hull York Medical School on liaison with family members of body donors.

This is followed by “A Salt Circle” a performance by Zoë Uí Fhaoláin .After extensive research into Ireland’s cillíníi (the burial grounds of unbaptised children) via reading, listening, and visiting many archaeological sites, this artist uses sound, movement and powerful visual imagery to conjure these liminal spaces into being, drawing on folk tradition and ritual. Her focus is on those parents who lost their babies and were denied the opportunity of a proper burial ceremony and their rights to openly mourn and grieve, as well as the continuing taboos around women’s pregnancy and birth experiences.

The performances will be followed by a Q & A with the artists.

Free admission – booking is essential.

Hull City of Culture 2017 Encountering Corpses event

The seminar at Hull is followed at 7.30 pm, 9th November 2017 by a free Hull City of Culture event ‘Re-encountering Those we have Lost’.

Lecture Theatre 1, Allam Medical Building, University of Hull

This evening of poetry and performance on loss, memory and memorialisation features award-winning poet Christopher Reid, and “A Salt Circle” a performance based on cillíníi (the burial grounds of unbaptised children) by Zoë Uí Fhaoláin.

Free admission – all welcome. Booking essential.

Please visit www.culturenet.co.uk to book your free ticket for this evening event.

Eventbrite link now available here for the next ESRC Seminar: Medical encounters with the corpse: social identities and emotional labour

Hull, 9th November 2017.

You do need to register but tickets are free at this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/medical-encounters-with-the-corpse-social-identities-and-emotional-labour-tickets-37309803627

Medical Encounters with the Corpse: Managing Social Identities and Emotional Labour

This one day seminar presents social science research on health professionals and their work with dead bodies. It focuses on the identity-management and emotional labour they carry out with other practitioners and family members.The research covers a range of medical contexts including body donation for medical research, visual technologies in foetal and neonatal autopsy and the end of life planning and post death memorialisation of transgender people.

The event is free but requires registration. It will be of interest to applied health researchers, medical sociologists and anthropologists, family researchers and those researching death, dying and bereavement.

The seminar is part of the ESRC Research Seminar Series on ‘Encountering Corpses: political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of contemporary encounters with dead bodies’ (https://encounteringcorpses.wordpress.com/). The series aimsto enhance understandings of social attitudes and practices with regard to the dead body in a range of situations and to explore the implications for policy-making and practice. In numerous contexts the seminars are aimed at generating a better understanding of public attitudes in order to ensure that the dead are dealt with sensitively and in an ethical way.

Provisional programme

9.30-10.00 Coffee and Registration

10.00-10.20 Welcome and Introductions – Prof. Craig Young (ESRC Seminar Series Convenor), Dr Trish Green and Dr Julie Seymour, HYMS, Prof Julie Jomeen, Faulty of Health Sciences, University of Hull

10.20-10.40 Preparing a donated body for medical research – Martin Walter, HYMS Mortuary Manager

10.40-11.00 Medical Students’ first encounters with a corpse – Dr Peter Bazira, SL Clinical Anatomy and HTA Designated Individual

11.00-11.15 Master’s student on their experience in the anatomy lab

11.15-11.30 Coffee

11.30-11.50 Family liaison work post body donation – Zivarna Murphy, HYMS doctoral student

11.50-12.10 Social media responses to a documentary on donation – Chaitra Dinesh/Julie Seymour

12.10-12.40 General Discussion

12.45-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.10 ‘Sometimes you cry with them’: emotional labour around ‘the edge’ of life and death- the case of fetal and neonatal post-mortem – Dr Kate Reed, Dr Julie Ellis and Dr Elspeth Whitby, University of Sheffield

2.10-2.50 Social identity of the transgender corpse in end of life planning and post-death – Dr Louis Bailey, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Hull.

2.50-3.30 Natural burial – Dr Andy Clayden, University of Sheffield and Dr Trish Green, Hull York Medical School

3.30-4.00 General discussion and close

This event is followed at 7.30 pm by a free Hull City of Culture event ‘Re-encountering Those we have Lost’

Lecture Theatre 1, Allam Medical Building, University of Hull

This evening of poetry and performance on loss, memory and memorialisation features award-winning poet Christopher Reid, and “A Salt Circle” a performance based on cillíníi (the burial grounds of unbaptised children) by Zoë Uí Fhaoláin.

Free admission – all welcome. Booking essential.

Please visit www.culturenet.co.uk to book your free ticket for this evening event.

 

Next ESRC Encountering Corpses Seminar “Medical Encounters with the Corpse: Managing Social Identities and Emotional Labour”, Hull, Thursday 9th November 2017

Please note that this event is free to attend but does require registration – **further information will follow about ticketing and registration – please watch this space!**

Next ESRC Encountering Corpses Seminar

Provisional programme 

“Medical Encounters with the Corpse: Managing Social Identities and Emotional Labour”

9.30am – 4pm, Thursday 9th November 2017, Allam Medical Building, University of Hull, Hull York Medical School (HYMS)

 

Introduction –  Dean of HYMS Medical School, Dr Julie Seymour and Dr Trish Green, Prof. Craig Young

A themed session on the donated body in medical schools including talks by the mortuary manager, an anatomy lecturer and HTA designated individual, a  doctoral project, and Masters students on their experience in the anatomy lab, plus further research on social media responses to a documentary on donation.

Followed by a pre-lunch discussion session.

 

Lunch

 

Kate Reed/Julie Ellis (Uni of Sheffield) on the MRI imaging of neonates project

Louis Bailey (HYMS) on social identity of the transgender corpse in end of life planning and post-death

More discussion

 

End

 

19.30-22.00  City of Culture poetry and performance event

Encountering Corpses blog and project site:

https://encounteringcorpses.wordpress.com

Professor Craig Young,
Professor of Human Geography.

Deputy Director, MMU Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences (RCASS).

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Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Science and the Environment, Division of Geography and Environmental Management, John Dalton Building, Chester St., Manchester M1 5GD, UK.

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Phone: +44-161-247-6198.

Staff webpages: http://www.egs.mmu.ac.uk/young.htm

Encountering Corpses blog and project site:

https://encounteringcorpses.wordpress.com

Next ESRC ‘Encountering Corpses’ seminar announced: ‘Dreams and Death Worlds’, Durham, 7th April 2017.

The next in the ESRC ‘Encountering Corpses’ seminar series will be held on the topic of ‘Dreams and Death Worlds’ on 7th April 2017 at Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University, UK. The programme is posted below.

Places at the seminar are free but are limited. If you wish to attend please send an email to Professor Craig Young at c.young@mmu.ac.uk stating your name and institution and status (eg. Professor, PhD student etc) and noting any dietary requirements.

 

Programme:

09.30-09.40     Welcome – Douglas Davies, Department of Theology & Religion and Centre for Death-Life Studies, Durham University.

09.40-09.50     The ESRC ‘Encountering Corpses’ Research Seminar Series – Craig Young, Manchester Metropolitan University.

09.50-10.30     Dreaming of Death in Antiquity – George Gazis, Department of Classics, Durham University.

10.30-11.10     Encountering the Corpse of St Cuthbert – Seven moments across two millennia – David Williams, author of St Cuthbert’s Corpse – A Life After Death (under the penname David Willem).

 Coffee break

11.30-12.10     Death and territoriality: the ‘possible worlds’ of native Australian cultures and their ecological imperatives – Bob Layton, Department of Anthropology, Durham University.

12.10-12.50     Dreams, Death and Martyrs in Islam – Iain Edgar, Department of Anthropology, Durham University.

 Lunch

13.45-14.30     Joseph Smith’s visions of the dead and Mormonism’s Baptism for the dead – Douglas Davies, Department of Theology & Religion and Centre for Death-Life Studies, Durham University.

14.30-15.00     Open forum, questions and discussion.

15.00                   Close.

 

 

Death, Dying and Disposal 13. Ritual, Religion and Magic. Call for papers.

*Death, Dying and Disposal 13*. Ritual, Religion and Magic. Call for papers.

6th-10th September 2017, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

In popular western culture the number 13 is often unlucky, evoking
superstition, or witches. Yet, there were 13 members of the last supper,
Friday the 13 is lucky in Italy and in Judaism it is the age for rites of
passage. The theme for this DDD is Ritual, Religion and Magic its
perception interpretation and role in healthcare, death, dying, and burial.
Individual papers might include, but are not restricted to: death
technology and magic, liminality, religion and spirituality in end of life
care, ethics and culture at the deathbed, dying inside (and outside) of
modern health care, spirituality and the death of animals, rites of passage
in dying, superstition and funerals, ritual application in preparing the
corpse and burying the dead. Emergent religious and cultural practices in
the disposal of the dead, ancestors online, Death, dying and grief in
public and on the internet. Talking with the dead, the dead in popular
horror, the dead in witchcraft execution or haunting or social rituals
associated with the dead body, spirituality or lifeways and deathways.

Please email titles and abstracts to Conference and Events
ConferenceAndEvents@uclan.ac.uk by February 28th 2017.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Contact dsayer@uclan.ac.uk or Elizabeth J Roberts EJRoberts@uclan.ac.uk for
enquiries. Tweet #DDD13 to start a trend, @DuncanSayer.

Next ESRC ‘Encountering Corpses’ seminar announced: “‘Packaging up Death & the Dead’ for the Contemporary Visitor Economy” – details

We are delighted to announce that the next of our ESRC-sponsored Research Seminars is now available.

It is on the theme of “‘Packaging up Death & the Dead’ for the Contemporary Visitor Economy”, organised by Dr Philip Stone (University of Central Lancashire, UK) and will be held at Lancaster Castle/HM Lancaster Prison (http://www.lancastercastle.com).

10.30am start on Wednesday 19th October 2016.

Please register if you wish to attend. Limited tickets are available at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/packaging-up-death-the-dead-for-the-contemporary-visitor-economy-tickets-26537904587

The programme and paper abstracts can also be viewed on the above link.

Here is the overview of what promises to be a fascinating day:

“This multi-disciplinary symposium, convened by Dr Philip Stone, invites speakers from the UK and USA to examine fundamental relationships of dark tourism – that is, travel to sites of death, disaster, or the seemingly macabre – with the cultural condition of contemporary society. Particularly, the symposium will critically explore how death and the dead are ‘packaged up’ or commodified for the contemporary global visitor economy, and the implications and consequences thereof.

The symposium is aimed at academics and teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, tourism and heritage industry professionals, museum curators, local government, as well as interested media.”