A day in the life of an academic/postdoc

Every year I fully enjoy reading The Day of Archaeology posts, and seeing how various colleagues are spending their day. But what happens ‘behind the scenes’ in the rest of the time? Writing From blog posts to book reviews, articles or book (chapters), there always seems to be something in need of being written down. Proper…

From the Earliest Skeletal Evidence of Autopsy in the New World to disturbing bodies: new titles

In the last couple of months I’ve come across several recently released body-related titles which sound like they deserve some attention: The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States. Editor: Kenneth C. Nystrom. Springer 2016. From the earliest skeletal evidence of anatomy in the US, to postmortem manipulations of the human body, this title aims…

‘Please don’t forget me’. The story of Paraschiva Candoiu, the lady with no hands from the ‘Francisc I. Rainer’ archive

Aleksandr Sokurov, in his latest movie, Francofonia,  wonders through the halls of the Louvre and looks into the eyes captured on canvas, through oil and paint- those painters did us a favour, he says, as they captured the souls, and through the souls the whole worlds those eyes had witnessed. Well, an Archive is a very similar place, a space where long…

Bodies in pain in academia

I write and talk about bodies, but one which I’ve left aside is my own. Yesterday Lorna Richardson (@lornarichardson) published a hard-hitting piece in The Independent on her own experiences as an endometriosis sufferer, and this made me reflect on my own experiences. ‘How do you live a public life when you are very ill with…