Month: October 2017

Encountering Corpses III art and sound installation update

A bit more detail on the Saturday afternoon of the event is now on the programme:

13.30ish – 18.00ish

An afternoon of Encountering the Dead in All Saints/Grosvenor Park:

All Saints Park or Grosvenor Park/Square, located on MMU All Saints campus next to the conference venue, is a former church graveyard which still contains many bodies. This afternoon event will include an art installation in the park with a marquee and an online sound installation which will immerse the listener in the presence of the dead bodies under the park. The marquee will also contain texts about ‘encountering’ the dead bodies  here.

Themes will include memorialisation (who gets remembered, who gets forgotten, why?); grievability; civic commemoration; removal of monuments; class considerations in death and remembrance; Manchester history; death acceptance; cleansing of urban space; historical layering  and psychogeography.

The sound installation will be a new sound recording by artist Debbie Sharp, who has worked extensively on death:

First, the various academics and artists involved in the project will talk about their experiences of interacting with the dead and developing the texts and artworks:

Michala Hulme, Lecturer in History at MMU and part of the Manchester Centre for Public History (MCPH) who has investigated the site and has the death records of those interred;

Dr Sam Edwards, History at MMU and Director of MCPH will talk about memory at the site;

Debbie Sharp will talk about her sound installation;

Dr Ian Drew, School of Science and Environment at MMU, will discuss radar scanning of the park.

Then, the conference will move into the park itself, to interact with texts and the art and sound installations – more details to follow!

Finally, we will return to the conference venue to discuss the afternoon and conclude events.


Encountering Corpses III tickets available!

It’s with great excitement that we invite you to the 3rd Encountering Corpses symposium, 8-9th December 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Business School, Manchester, UK. The event is also the final event in the ESRC sponsored Research Seminar Series on Encountering Corpses.

Tickets can be booked here:

A Provisional programme can be viewed on this blog – click on Encountering Corpses III Conference 2017 above.

“Food for Risen Bodies” close poetry reading with Michael Symmons Roberts – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Join world-renowned poet Michael Symmons Roberts for a special close reading of the series ‘Food for Risen Bodies’ from his 2004 collection ‘Corpus’.

Tickets are free but limited so please book here:

After reading, Michael will invite questions from the audience, which will be discussed as a group over (free) wine and bread.

Chaired by Martin Kratz.


Fri, December 8, 2017

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM GMT


International Anthony Burgess Foundation

3 Cambridge Street


M1 5BY


This poetry event is free to attend and open to all, it is a companion event to:

Encountering Corpses III, 8th-9th December 2017 – details on this blog-site.