Professor Tony Walter, Centre for Death & Society, University of Bath
Professor Tony Walter’s research, teaching and publications focus upon death in modern society – most especially personal bereavement and public mourning, digital social technologies at end of life, the portrayal of death in the news media, funerals, afterlife beliefs, human remains in museums and new discourses of spirituality. He has helped to promote the interdisciplinary study of death and society in relation to religious studies, history, archaeology, linguistics, psychology, and geography. His current research, in partnership with colleagues in social work, medicine, gerontology and computer science, focuses on the disruption and maintenance of social networks at the end of life. He is book review editor of the journal Mortality, and also helps train funeral celebrants. Professor Walter’s recent publications include: Rest in peace? Burial on private land. in: Sidaway, J. and Maddrell, A., eds. Deathscapes: Spaces For Death Dying And Bereavement. (2010) and What will the neighbours say? Reactions to field and garden burial. In: Hockey, J., Komaromy, C. and Woodthorpe, K., eds. The Matter of Death: Space, Place and Materiality (2010).
Further details can be found at: http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps/staff/tony-walter/
Professor Alan Bleakley, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry
Professor Alan Bleakley is Professor of Medical Education and Deputy Director, Institute of Clinical Education at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. He has a keen interest in the relationship between arts and humanities, and in the conversation between arts and the sciences and his teaching and research specialisms include the medical humanities and medical education theory. His recent publications include Medical Education for the Future: Identity, Power and Location (2011) and he in 2011 he was been awarded a ‘Vital Sparks Award’ for a multi-institutional collaboration focusing upon learning by simulation in medical education and a Wellcome Trust Award in 2010.
More details can be found at: http://www.pcmd.ac.uk/research/index.php?page=4&group=3&name=ableakley
Dr Michele Aaron, University of Birmingham
Dr Michele Aaron is a Senior Lecturer in the American and Canadian Studies Dept. at Birmingham University. Her previous work on the ethics of spectatorship has progressed into a consideration of death and grief in Western cinema, most especially in relation to narrative, ideology and spectatorship. Her monograph, Death and the Moving Image: Ideology, Iconography and I, considers representations of illness, murder and grief in the context of gender, sexuality and race, and will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2014.
For further details, visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/acs/aaron-michele.aspx