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…

Review of Public Debate “Restless dead bodies: the ethics of circulation of human remains” (EASA Medical Anthropology Network Conference|Lisbon 2017)

I’ve just come back from the  Medical Anthropology Network Meeting (5-7 July, Lisbon, Portugal) and the highlight of the 2nd day was an important and one of a kind debate on the ethics of circulation of human remains, with the specific focus on a Portuguese recent case study. Before going into further details, I should mention…