Following on from an amazing ‘Encountering Corpses’ day symposium held in 2014 we organised another event in 2016!


When: Saturday 19th March 2016

Where: Manchester Southern Cemetery’s Crematorium Chapel


We discussed the dead body in relation to the mobilities and economies of their parts.

Our first panel discussed organ donation, organ trafficking and how medical students interact with donated corpses. Our plenary advocated public access to human remains for education and emotional edification. Finally, we addressed encounters with corpses in terms of cultural and subcultural practices: the dead bodies on Everest and how these relate to the culture of mountaineering, the concentration in contemporary media on the physicality of the celebrity dead body in the immediate minutes, hours and days after death, and the historical and contemporary practices around the preservation of tattooed human skin.

Encountering Corpses II was held in the spectacular environs of the Manchester Crematorium Old Chapel (constructed 1892).




9am – Coach pick up from city centre

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9.40am – Arrival Manchester Crematorium

10.00am – Introduction – Prof. Craig Young (Manchester Met)

10.15am – Panel One: Medical Encounters – Organ trafficking, donation and use by medical students.

  • Dr John Troyer (Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath)

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  • Dr Julie Seymour (Hull York Medical School)

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  • Dr Trish Green (Hull York Medical School)

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12.30pm – Coach to Greater Manchester Police social centre, Hough End

12.45pm – Catered lunch (with police pathology talk/demo tbc)

1.45pm – Coach return to crematorium

2.00pm – Plenary – Carla Valentine (Barts Pathology Museum)

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3.30pm – Break

3.45pm – Panel Two: (Sub) Cultural Encounters – Mountaineer corpses, celebrity bodies and preserved tattooed skins.

  • Dr Jonathan Westaway (UCLAN)

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  • Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce (University of York)

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  • Dr Gemma Angel (UCL)

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5.15pm – Discussion time and closing remarks

5.30pm – Close

Coach back to town for approx. 6pm drop off


Download the full programme here:
Encountering Corpses II Programme








Read a review of the event by Daniel Broadley on Humanity Hallows








Catch up on what was said around the web about Encountering Corpses II on our Storify.

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