Encountering Corpses III, 8th and 9th December

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Research in Arts and Humanities at Manchester Met is pleased to announce Encountering Corpses III

Tickets are live for the 2-day conference exploring our relationships to the dead.

We are pleased to invite you to our third Encountering Corpses event taking place on the 8th and 9th of December 2017.


As well as speakers on all manner of subjects relating to death and the corpse, we will have a pop-up visual and sound art exhibition and a poetry reading from Manchester Met’s multi-award winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts.

Tickets for one or both days of the conference are now online. Concession prices are available.

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Day One (Friday 8th December)

We will start two days of conference activity with talks on theory of the dead body, biomedicine, the digital dead body and celebrity corpses.

Talks will include an introduction from Manchester Met’s Professor of Human Geography and co-organiser of the event, Craig Young, as well as Queen Mary University of London’s Professor Catherine Nash on ‘repatriation, biomedicine and the many relations of Charles Byrne’ , and the University of York’s Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce speaking about how we encounter corpses in popular culture. For a more in-depth look at our speakers and their abstracts, take a look at our website.

Our closing event that evening will be a poetry reading by poet and Manchester Writing School Professor, Michael Symmons Roberts, who will offer a special close reading of the series ‘Food for Risen Bodies’ from his acclaimed 2004 collection Corpus. Free tickets for Symmons Roberts’ reading are available here.

Day Two (Saturday 9th December)

On our second day, we will be joined by speakers including Alex Grebener,Dan Wright and Richard Morten from UCL’s Institute for Dark Tourism Research, and Fordham University’s Margaret M. Schwartz, who will discuss how we encounter death and corpses onscreen. More of this day’s academic speakers, as well as in-depth looks at their abstracts can be seen on our website.

As well as the academic talks, the day will feature an afternoon of encountering the dead in Grosvenor Square (also known as All Saints Park), the site of a former Victorian churchyard where over 16,000 bodies remain. The Manchester Centre for Public History’s Michala Hulme, and Dr Ian Drew from Manchester Met’s School of Science and Engineering are currently researching and radar-scanning the park in advance of the event.

The event will include visual and sound art installations, as well as a pop-up exhibition of historical images and new writing.

The closing party will take place at The Salutation pub with a buffet and a suitably themed playlist.

Tickets for one or both of the days are available online, and concession prices are available.