The year in Review & 2018 Resolutions

On the verge of Janus having turned his face to the New Year, it is good to do a short summary of the year past, and to think of the one to come. Projects Probably the most enjoyable activity of 2017 has been a short guest text I wrote for a blog – yet to…

Christmas Gift Guide – Bone people edit

In anticipation of the upcoming gift-giving period, I have put together the results of a web browsing spree: potential presents for those people in your lives who appreciate a good anatomical pun, and are interested in the fundamentals of bodies (anatomists, archaeologists, osteologists or others). 1. Cards Either you need a card for a romantic…

When public ‘body research’ goes wrong: thoughts on a post from the Atlantic

These are just some quick thoughts prompted by what I found to be a questionable narrative published recently in the Atlantic and entitled:  The Saintliness of Undecayed Corpses by Katherine Harvey, a research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. What follows are simply my own views on the matter, coming from someone who has been interested…

Exhibition review: Curating heads at UCL

Ahead of the official opening on October 2nd, I had the opportunity to visit the new exhibition held in the Octagon Gallery at UCL: What Does It Mean To Be Human? Curating Heads at UCL (2nd October 2017- 28th Feb 2018). So how did I find it? I should just mention that the organisers were welcoming, and…

‘And then they were Bodies: Medieval Royalties, from DNA Analysis to a Nation’s Identity’ book chapter is out

My book chapter is finally out: ‘And then they were Bodies: Medieval Royalties, from DNA Analysis to a Nation’s Identity’ , in Premodern Rulership and Contemporary Political Power. The King’s Body Never Dies, 2017, (eds.) Karolina Mroziewicz, Aleksander Sroczyński. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. In short, I have tried to evaluate the role of Medieval King’s…