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ESRC Research Seminar: Dead Body Politics, Materialities and Mobilities

Professor Craig Young continues his ESRC Research Seminar Series on contemporary encounters with corpses.

Mobilities etc.The fourth seminar in this series, Dead Body Politics, Materialities and Mobilities, has been organised by Professor Craig Young of Human Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University and Dr Jon Shute, lecturer in the school of Law at University of Manchester.

The seminar will explore multi-disciplinary approaches to the dead body. Professor Young said: “The seminar will capture a range of responses to dead and associated material remains – by law academics, historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, geographers and artists”.

Young is interested in the intersection of place, landscape, history and memory and the politics of identity with regards to the dead body. A focus on corpses originally arose from Craig’s study of the mobilities of the dead bodies of Romanian Communist leaders and activists during state-socialism and post-socialism. He is interested in how the dead body is a subject of ‘dead body politics’ but also has agency in its own right.

Professor Young said: “This seminar in the ESRC Encountering Corpses research seminar series will focus on the politics of corpse (im-)mobilities and materialities. Dead bodies are usually thought of as ‘dead and buried’, static and immobile and removed from life, but this seminar will foreground how human remains persist and can provoke new formations of identity and politics”.

He explained: “How human remains move around (eg. are repatriated or exhumed and re-interred) and their materialities (what form they take, what remains and how it is viewed and regulated) can be central to processes of forming identity and politics. Understanding these processes can inform our understanding of genocide, the Holocaust and justice for the dead but also in seemingly more mundane spaces such as museums”.

Professor Young’s work has captured the public’s imagination, and his many public engagement events attract a high turn-out every year. Professor Young and Dr Shute’s shared aim is to make the physicality of the dead body something neither lost nor forgotten within public discourse, which focuses on the live body as a site of power and identity but largely ignores similar considerations after death.

They said: “We hope the audience will take away a renewed appreciation of the role the dead can play in the contested politics of repatriation, reconciliation, the post-colonial, museum curation and artistic representations.”

 

The series will continue into 2017. Details of future seminars can be found here.

Dead Body Politics, Materialities and Mobilities will take place on 18th March 2016, 1.00pm – 4.30pm at 70 Oxford Street. Tickets are free and available here: https://dead-body-politics.eventbrite.com

The seminar will be followed by a free film screening of ‘Earth Promised Sky’ (2003) at 6pm. Tickets are free and available here: https://earth-promised-sky.eventbrite.com

ESRC Seminar 4: Dead Body Politics, Materialities and Mobilities

ESRC Research Seminar Series: On encountering corpses: political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of contemporary encounters with dead bodies

esrcSeminar 4: Dead Body Politics, Materialities and Mobilities

When: 18th March 2016, 1.00pm – 4.30pm

Location: Room no. LB.02, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester (beside Manchester Oxford Road rail
way station).

Tickets: Free – available here: dead-body-politics.eventbrite.com

Organised by Professor Craig Young (School of Science and the Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dr Jon Shute (School of Law, University of Manchester)

 

Mobilities etc.Schedule:

13.00

  • Project partners, invited speakers and audience
  • Seminar: Dead body politics, materialities and mobilities- Room LB.02

13.00-13.30

  • Professor Craig Young (Human Geography, MMU) and Dr Jon Shute (Law, UoM)
  • Introduction: Dead body politics, materialities and mobilities

13.30-14.00

  • Dr Jon Shute (Law, UoM)
  • Journeys in Space and Time: Human Remains and the Srebrenica Massacres

14.00-14.30

  • Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus (History, UoM)
  • Forgotten exhumations: the French mission in search of corpses from deportees in Germany, 1946-58

14.30-15.00

  • Coffee break

15.00-15.30

  • Dr John Harries (School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh)
  • Repatriating Beothuk skulls and the affective politics of indigeneity

15.30-16.00

  • Dr Gemma Angel (Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London)
  • Mortal Remains: Confronting the Dead in the Medical Museum

16.00-16.30

  • Dave Griffiths (Manchester School of Art, MMU), Michael Branthwaite (School of Art and Design, Staffordshire University) and Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls (Archaeology, Staffs.)
  • Finding Treblinka: artistic responses to forensic evidence

16.30

  • Concluding remarks and close

Followed by an evening film event at No. 70 – a free screening of ‘Earth Promised Sky’ (2003). Tickets are free and available here: https://earth-promised-sky.eventbrite.com 

‘Encountering Corpses II’ 2016 now announced and tickets available!

I am delighted to be able to announce that we have finalised the programme for the next Encountering Corpses day symposia on Saturday 19th March 2016.

This event, open to all, will discuss the dead body in relation to the mobilities and economies of their parts. Our first panel will discuss organ donation, organ trafficking and how medical students interact with donated corpses. Our plenary will advocate for public access to human remains for education and emotional edification. Finally, we will address 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.

Book your £15 ticket for the event which will be held at Manchester Crematorium (constructed 1892)

Book your £15 ticket for the event which will be held at Manchester Crematorium (constructed 1892)

Also incorporated in the day will be tours of the Manchester Crematorium ‘back office’ facilities, and a visit to the Greater Manchester Police social centre for lunch.

Further details and a full draft schedule can be found here on the blog and over on Eventbrite where you can book your £15 ticket.

Based on the demand for the 2014 event we would expect this to sell out fairly rapidly!