Encountering Corpses III overview

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Here is a simplified overview of everything that is happening over the two days (more detail about speakers can be found on the conference 2017 link in the main menu).

Encountering Corpses III

Manchester Metropolitan University

8th and 9th December 2017

We are pleased to welcome you to the third ‘Encountering Corpses’ event. This year we will incorporate several activities over two days.

On Friday 8th December (day one) we will start two days of conference activity, with talks on theory of the dead body, biomedicine, the digital dead body and celebrity corpses.

You can buy a ticket for £15 (£5 concessions) for just this day at our online shop. Catering throughout the day and buffet lunch is included.

Alternatively, you can purchase a two day ticket for £25 or £15 concession (Catering and lunch included).

Tickets: http://buyonline.mmu.ac.uk/product-catalogue/arts-and-humanities/events/encountering-corpses-iii

Programme for Friday 8th December:

10.00am – Refreshments and Registration – North Atrium, Manchester Met Business School

10.30 – 10.45am – Welcome – Prof. Craig Young (Manchester Met)

Introduction from Professor Richard Greene, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Knowledge Exchange at Manchester Met.

10.45am – 11.30am Theorising the corpse I

11.30 – 11.45 Break and refreshments

11.45 – 12.45 Plenary One – Prof. Catherine Nash, Geography, Queen Mary University of London:

Making kinship with human remains: repatriation, biomedicine and the many relations of Charles Byrne

12.45 – 13.30 – Lunch – North Atrium, MMU Business School

13.30 – 14.30 Sandra Burslem Building) Theorising the corpse II

14.30 – 15.45 Current research in death and the dead body I

15.45 – 16.00 Break and refreshments

16.00 – 17.00 Theorising the corpse III

17.00 – 18.00 Plenary Two – Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce, Sociology, University of York:

‘I see dead people’: Encountering Corpses in Popular Culture

18.00 – 18.10 – Closing remarks day one

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Friday 8th Dec evening event:

Michael Symmons Roberts reads ‘Food for Risen Bodies’

Poetry and discussion event

On Friday 8th Dec in a separate FREE event, join world-renowned poet Michael Symmons Roberts for a special close reading of the series ‘Food for Risen Bodies’ from his 2004 collection ‘Corpus’.

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

You do not need to attend any of the conference events in order to attend this poetry night.

Please book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-for-risen-bodies-with-michael-symmons-roberts-tickets-3847362063

TYPE 4 - ENCOUNTERING CORPSESOn Saturday 9th December we will reconvene for a second, very special day at the conference.

You can buy a ticket for £15 (£5 concessions) for just this day at our online shop. Catering throughout the day and buffet lunch is included.

Alternatively, you can purchase a two day ticket for £25 or £15 concession (Catering and lunch included).

Tickets: http://buyonline.mmu.ac.uk/product-catalogue/arts-and-humanities/events/encountering-corpses-iii

Programme for Saturday 9th December

10.00am – Refreshments and Registration – North Atrium, MMU Business School

10.30am – Welcome – Professor Craig Young – MMU Business School

10.45am – 11.30am Theorising the corpse IV

11.30 – 11.45 – Break and refreshments

11.45 – 13.00 Current research in death and the dead body II

13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch – North Atrium

14.00 – 17.00 An afternoon of Encountering the Dead in Grosvenor Square:

Grosvenor Square (commonly known as All Saints Park) is located on Manchester Met All Saints campus immediately next to the conference venue and is a former church graveyard which still contains over 16,000 bodies.

As part of the Encountering Corpses III events, a moving and fascinating installation will be taking place in the park, marking the presence of these past Mancunians with visual and sound art and a pop up exhibition of historical images and new writing.

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:

  • Helen Darby, Research Impact Manager for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and curator of the project.
  • Michala Hulme, Lecturer in History at Manchester Met and part of the Manchester Centre for Public History (MCPH) who has investigated the site and studied the burial records of those interred.
  • Dr Sam Edwards, Lecturer in History at MMU and Director of MCPH
  • Debbie Sharp, Artist: http://debbie-sharp.com/withinmemoriam (providing the sound installation).
  • Dr Ian Drew, School of Science and Environment at Manchester Met (performing radar scanning of the park).

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Conference attendees will move into the park itself, to interact with texts and the art and sound installations. We will also be provided with details of the radar scanning that is taking place as part of the project, with a chance to view the equipment used and ask further questions of the project team.

After some time to view and listen, we will return to the conference venue to discuss the encounter as a group.

17.00 – 18.00 Plenary Three – Ass. Prof. Margaret M. Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, USA.:

Encountering Corpses Onscreen: From Banality To Dignity

18.00 – 18.15 – Concluding remarks

18.15 – The Archaeology of Beer – talk by Dr Ben Edwards of Manchester Met

Learn about the brewing of ancient beers – not just in theory but in 21st Century practice! Our Dr Ben Edwards has joined forces with Chester’s Pied Bull Brewery to serve up batches of new beer based on recipes sourced from archaeological investigations. Attendees of the talk will receive two beer tokens, good for one half each of both beers available on the night – a Romano-British ale named Mithras and the Medieval 1534 (named after the founding date of Pied Bull).

19.30 – Concluding social event – please join us at The Salutation pub in the upstairs room to celebrate the end of the Encountering Corpses Research Seminar Series with a buffet, music and ancient beer.

Saturday 9th December 7.30pm

Closing party:

Please join us at The Salutation pub in the upstairs room to celebrate the end of the Encountering Corpse III with a buffet, suitably themed music and ancient beer!

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