Links for Today

November 4, 2010

For your viewing pleasure today is a wonderful article on 19th century morgues and Priscilla Etienne’s new look at funeral photography, which certainly shows the humanity at play during moments of sincere gravity. Both are worth a good look, so set aside some time and click over!

> BBC: The funeral photographer

> Meanjin: The Morgue

2 Responses to “Links for Today”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by violet, Hayden Peters. Hayden Peters said: Links for the morbid; modern funeral photography and 19th century morgues! […]

  2. Thalia Says:

    I saw this link on “histories of things to come,” and I thought of you. Fantastic conference idea!!

    “Death, ‘tis a melancholy day”: Dying, Mourning, and Memory in the American South. Location: North Carolina, United States

    On April 1-2, 2011, the History Department at NC State University will host an interdisciplinary conference to provide an exchange of ideas and perspectives on issues related to death and dying in the American South. The goal of the conference is to initiate and support research projects and conversations that will lead to a forthcoming collection on Death in the South. The region has long enjoyed a reputation as the Haunted South, one built upon the persistence of death in the forms of the malarial environments of the colonial South, Indian wars, the atrocities of slavery, dueling, high maternal death rates, the Civil War and the Confederate dead, lynching, the struggles of the Depression, Civil Rights assassinations and murders, and most recently Hurricane Katrina. But historians continue to examine the South without attention to death as a formative influence on southern life and culture. We invite scholarship on a variety of topics, including

    * murder, political assassination, lynching, war deaths
    * the right to die (suicide, euthanasia, self-sacrifice)
    * the right to kill (death penalty, eugenics, assisted dying, and sacrifice)
    * bodily disposal, including implications of the shift from burial to cremation
    * acts of commemoration, mourning practices, and rituals
    * burial customs, graveyards and cemeteries
    * treatment of human remains in archaeology, pathology, and museum practice
    * poetic, literary, and musical interpretations of death
    * dichotomies between history and memory
    * mourning, bereavement, coping with grief
    * death and sex
    * representations of death in public history interpretations, including thanatourism
    * religion and the meaning of death
    * ritualization of death
    * privacy/intimacy of death
    * the cult of death

    Visit the website at

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