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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’.

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

 

On 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

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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).

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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Encountering Corpses Exhibition in Grosvenor Square

Grosvenor Square (commonly known as All Saints Park) is located on Manchester Met All Saints campus immediately and is a former church graveyard that 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.

The exhibition will be open for viewing to the public (free) as follows:

Thursday 7th Dec 12 noon – 4pm

Friday 8th Dec 10am – 4pm

Saturday 9th Dec 10am – 4pm

Sunday 10th Dec 10am – 2pm

 

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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: http://debbie-sharp.com/withinmemoriam

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:

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

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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-for-risen-bodies-with-michael-symmons-roberts-tickets-38473620635

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.

DATE AND TIME

Fri, December 8, 2017

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM GMT

LOCATION

International Anthony Burgess Foundation

3 Cambridge Street

Manchester

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.

Skeletons, Stories & Social Bodies Conference

Skeletons, Stories & Social Bodies Conference

20th – 22nd March 2018

University of Southampton

www.sssbconference.co.uk

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook: @sssbconf

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Dear All,

We are now inviting submissions for abstracts, workshop proposals, and artwork submissions for the second Skeletons, Stories, and Social Bodies conference, which will be held at University of Southampton from 20th  – 22nd March 2018.

SSSB is an interdisciplinary conference, and we invite abstracts that cover a range of aspects of death and anatomy. We encourage individuals from all areas and stages of study to consider submitting, as well as those from a commercial/industrial background.

It would also be much appreciated if you could share this with relevant colleagues and students. We wish to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and share research to create an exciting opportunity to share ideas.

We are pleased to able to offer a limited number of student bursaries to those who wish to attend the conference. Students at all stages of their studies are welcome to apply (including part time students), and you are not required to present in order to qualify.

Please note the deadline for abstract submissions and student bursary applications is Thursday 30th November 2017, and the deadline for artwork submissions is Friday 15th December.

You can find more information on our website, and please get in touch you have any questions.

With kind regards,

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Conference Organising Committee


Skeletons, Stories & Social Bodies Conference

20th – 22nd March 2018

University of Southampton

www.sssbconference.co.uk

 

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook: @sssbconf

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.

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.