Medical Encounters with the Corpse: Managing Social Identities and Emotional Labour

Thursday 9 November 2017, Allam Medical Building, University of Hull

This one day ESRC-funded 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 free-to-attend event will be of interest to health practitioners and 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'. The series aims to 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.

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Re-encountering those we have lost
The Medical Encounters with the Corpse seminar will be followed at 7.30pm by a free Hull City of Culture event, 'Re-encountering Those we have Lost'. This evening of poetry and performance on loss, memory and memorialisation features award-winning poet Christopher Reid, and a performance of 'A Salt Circle', based on cillíníi (the burial grounds of unbaptised children) by Zoë Uí Fhaoláin.

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