Reviewer needed: ‘The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America’ by Ann Neumann

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America’ by Ann Neumann (Beacon Press, 2016). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Following the death of her father, journalist and hospice volunteer Ann Neumann sets out to examine what it means to die well in the Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘History of a Suicide’ by Jill Bialosky

We are pleased to offer for review ‘History of a Suicide‘ by Jill Bialosky (Granta, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s twenty-one-year-old sister Kim came home from a bar in downtown Cleveland. She argued with her boyfriend on the phone. Then she Read the full article…

Death, Art and Anatomy Conference (CfP, University of Winchester, 3-6 June 2016)

An interdisciplinary conference exploring the intersections between death, art and anatomy, by bringing together art historians, medical historians, and practising artists. The intersection between death, art and anatomy is a largely marginalised area of study, but one this conference hopes to explore. A major strand of the conference will be addressing a core problem in Read the full article…

Death and Identity in Scotland from the Medieval to the Modern (CfP, University of Edinburgh, 29-31 January 2016)

This is the third in a series of conferences that aims to accelerate interest and research into Scottish death studies. The theme for 2016 is death and identity. Papers are invited to explore this subject within any period from the medieval into the modern day from any disciplinary perspective. Established research and work-in-progress welcomed. Plenary Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Dead: A Celebration of Mortality’ by Charles Saatchi

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Dead: A Celebration of Mortality’ by Charles Saatchi (Booth Clibborn, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. In this new book ‘Dead: A Celebration of Mortality’, cleverly designed to look like a marble tombstone, (complete with marble edge-stain) Charles Saatchi relates often perversely entertaining stories in a Read the full article…

Death, Art and Anatomy Conference (CfP, University of Winchester, 3-6th June 2016)

An interdisciplinary conference exploring the intersections between death, art and anatomy, by bringing together art historians, medical historians, and practising artists The intersection between death, art and anatomy is a largely marginalised area of study, but one this conference hopes to explore. A major strand of the conference will be addressing a core problem in Read the full article…

‘Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying can tell us about Life and Living’ reviewed by Dr Christina Welch

‘Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying can tell us about Life and Living’ by Brandy Schillace (Elliott & Thompson Ltd, 2015). The jacket cover to Brandy Schillace’s Death’s Summer Coat tells us that the work ‘explores our past to examine what it might mean for our future. From Victorian Britain to contemporary Cambodia, Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ by Jason Danely

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ by Jason Danely (Rutgers University Press, 2014). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities, but this book may be of particular interest to anthropologists and social scientists. ‘By 2030, over 30% of the Japanese population will Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying can tell us about Life and Living’ by Brandy Schillace

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying can tell us about Life and Living’ by Brandy Schillace (Elliott and Thompson, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Though death is the one subject that touches every life, we’ve grown used to denying its existence, and Read the full article…

‘Dignity Beyond Death: The Jewish Preparation for Burial’ reviewed by (our very own) Mary Robson

‘Dignity Beyond Death: The Jewish Preparation for Burial’ by Rochel U. Berman (Urim Publications, 2005).  In Judaism, volunteers from the community undertake the preparations of the dead for burial. The organization for the purpose is a burial society, a Chevra Kadisha. This book is on one hand a very practical guide to creating and running Read the full article…