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The Death Studies Podcast is a platform for the diversity of voices in, around and contributing to the academic field of Death Studies. Find out more at www.thedeathstudiespodcast.com

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The Death Studies Podcast is a platform for the diversity of voices in, around and contributing to the academic field of Death Studies. Find out more at www.thedeathstudiespodcast.com

    The Death Studies Podcast- Episode 9 - Prof. Frank Eyetsemitan

    The Death Studies Podcast- Episode 9 - Prof. Frank Eyetsemitan

    Professor Frank Eyetsemitan is Professor of Psychology at Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island, where he previously held the position of Associate Dean for Social Sciences Division of the College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Eyetsemitan’s work in the field of aging spans almost three decades. His research interests include intergenerational relationships (within families and within skilled care facilities), cross-cultural gerontology, and adult grief outcomes. Prof Eyetsemitan’s works have appeared in prominent journals on Aging and Death & Dying, including the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology; Death Studies; and OMEGA: Death and Dying. His book (published in 2003 with James Gire as co-author), entitled: Aging and Adult Development in Developing Societies: Applying Western Theories and Concepts discusses the appropriateness of applying key Western theories and concepts to non-Western populations. He is also the author of the textbook, Understanding Death & Dying: Encountering death, dying and the afterlife (2020); and of Death, Dying and Bereavement Around the World: theories, varied views and customs(2021).

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    To cite this episode, you can use the following citation:

    Eyetsemitan, F. (2022) Interview on The Death Studies Podcast hosted by Michael-Fox, B. and Visser, R. Published 6 May 2022. Available at: www.thedeathstudiespodcast.com, DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.19721980

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    This is the interview featured in episode eight of The Death Studies Podcast. This interview is with Professor Frank Eyetsemitan. You can find out more about the guests and hear the full episode at www.thedeathstudiespodcast.com or listen to the full episode wherever you find your podcasts.

    Please cite as:

    Eyetsemitan, F. (2022) Interview on The Death Studies Podcast hosted by Michael-Fox, B. and Visser, R. Published 6 May 2022. Available at: www.thedeathstudiespodcast.com, DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.19721980


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    • 57 min
    The Death Studies Podcast - Episode 8 - Lucy Willow

    The Death Studies Podcast - Episode 8 - Lucy Willow

    In this episode, hear artist Lucy Willow talk about her work.

    Born in Whitstable, Kent Lucy Willow graduated with first class BA in Fine Art from Falmouth College of Art in 2003. Willow lives and works in Cornwall and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Her work first received acclaim with a series of Dust carpets made on location and for specific environments, Smithfield abattoir (2005), Old Romney Church (2005), Make it Real, Whitstable, Kent (2006), Art Now Cornwall, Tate St.Ives commission (2007). In 2001 Willow won the BAMS (British Art Medal Society) award for contemporary medal making. Willow’s photographic work was presented for the first time with a solo show at Millennium Gallery St.Ives (2009). Willow was selected in 2009, with seven artists representing Cornwall, to show in London in a project called Gloria Zoo Art 2009. In 2014 she had a solo exhibition Fallen at Kestle Barton, Centre for Contemporary art, Cornwall (April – June 2014), where she developed a body of work over a two-year period with two artist residencies. In December 2015 she was artist in residence at HERE factory in Iceland where her work was strongly influenced by the dark winter months and bleak landscape. In March 2016 she became artists in residence in Guangzhou China as part of an arts international program and had a solo show in Redtory arts district, Guangzhou (April – May 2016). Willow presented a paper at the Malady and Mortality conference, Falmouth University 2013 Paper: The last Portrait, a microscopic view of transience, mourning and loss. Published in Malady and Mortality: Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture (2016) Chapter: The last Portrait, a microscopic view of transience, mourning and loss.

    In 2020 she set up an organisation DUST The Art of Grief from an old shop in Penzance as a space to bring together artists, artefacts, members of the community and professionals working in end of life and funeral industries.

    Lucy Willow is currently part time senior lecturer in Fine Art at Falmouth University, an end of life photographer, a freelance practitioner using creative practice to tell community stories of grief and a recently trained funeral celebrant hoping to bring artworks into funeral settings.

    Find out more at:

    www.lucywillow.art

    www.art-of-grief.co.uk(sign up for the newsletter we mention here)

    https://www.instagram.com/art_of_grief/

    https://www.instagram.com/artist_lucy_willow/

    Read the chapter we discuss here: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/1894/

    To cite this episode, you can use the following citation:

    Willow, L. (2022) Interview on The Death Studies Podcast hosted by Michael-Fox, B. and Visser, R. Published 1 April 2022. Available at: www.thedeathstudiespodcast.com, DOI:10.6084/m9.figshare.19493975


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Death Studies Podcast - Episode 7 - Dr Panagiotis Pentaris

    The Death Studies Podcast - Episode 7 - Dr Panagiotis Pentaris

    Panagiotis Pentaris is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Thanatology in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich, England, UK, where he is also a member of the Institute for Lifecourse Development. Panagiotis is a council member for the Association for the Study of Death and Society, the Chair of the ASDS Ambassadors Scheme, a Research Fellow for the Faiths & Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, and over the last ten years he has researched and published on death, dying, bereavement, culture and religion, social work, social policy and LGBTQIA+ issues. Panagiotis is licensed in Social Work. He has practised social work in the field of thanatology, notably with dying children and adults, and bereaved individuals; he has practised both internationally and nationally. Positions held include hospice social worker, independent bereavement therapist, and social policy consultant regarding end of life strategies and palliative and hospice care guidance, as well as disaster social work.

    Two books we talk about in the episode are linked below, both published by Routledge.

    Death, Grief and Loss in the Context of COVID-19  and Dying in a Transhumanist and Posthuman Society. See Panagiotis’s staff profile at the University of Greenwich for a full overview of his publications.

    To cite this episode, you can use the following citation:

    Pentaris, P. (2022) Interview on The Death Studies Podcast hosted by Michael-Fox, B. and Visser, R. Published 1 March 2022. Available at: www.thedeathstudiespodcast.com, DOI:10.6084/m9.figshare.19267499


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Death Studies Podcast - Episode 6 - Dr Kate Woodthorpe

    The Death Studies Podcast - Episode 6 - Dr Kate Woodthorpe

    Kate Woodthorpe became CDAS (the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath, UK) Co-Director in 2021, having joined CDAS in January 2010, and acting as Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Funeral Services until 2012. Kate has had articles and book chapters published on funeral costs, state support for funerals, mortuary practice, professional development, cemetery usage, the experience of researching in this area, and public dying. She is on the editorial board for Death Studies, Bereavement Care, Sociology, and Mortality, which she co-edited until 2019. She has advised the UK Government on funeral policy over many years, including in 2016 as a Special Adviser to the Government's Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry on Bereavement Benefits, and provided evidence in 2019 to the Competition and Market's Authority Funeral Sector Investigation. She is keen to support the next generation of academics and has published a book for PhD students and early career colleagues entitled 'Survive and Thrive in Academia: the new academic's pocket mentor' (2018, Routledge).

    To cite this episode, you can use the following citation:

    Woodthorpe, K. (2022) Interview on The Death Studies Podcast hosted by Michael-Fox, B. and Visser, R. Published 1 February 2022. Available at: www.thedeathstudiespodcast.com, DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.19102700


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    • 51 min
    The Death Studies Podcast - Episode 5 - Dr Kami Fletcher

    The Death Studies Podcast - Episode 5 - Dr Kami Fletcher

    Dr. Kami Fletcher is an Associate Professor of American & African American History and Co-Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies at Albright College. She teaches courses that explore the African experience in America and unpacks social and cultural U.S. history all at the intersection of race, gender, class, and sexuality.

    Her research centers on African American burial grounds, late 19th/early 20th century Black female and male undertakers, and contemporary Black grief and mourning. She is the co-editor of Till Death Do Us Part: American Ethnic Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed which examines the internal and/or external drives among ethnic, religious, and racial groups to separate their dead (University Press of Mississippi, April 2020) She is currently working on Grave History: Death, Race & Gender in Southern Cemeteries from Antebellum to the Post-Civil Rights Era  investigates the southern places where cemeteries take root as well as probe the interplay of southern history, culture, race, class, gender, and climate in these cities of the dead (University of Georgia Press).

    Currently, Dr. Fletcher is working on a manuscript that historicizes Mount Auburn Cemetery in Baltimore, the first Black owned and operated cemetery in Maryland. The book positions African American cemeteries as the point where life and death meet arguing that this meeting point is a symbol of Black freedom from White control.

    At the end of the show, Beth asks about one of the paintings on the wall behind Kami.  Kami’s lifemate, sociologist and artist Dr. Myron T. Strong, painted it.  It is entitled "Guardian".  If you are interested in seeing it or purchasing a print, you can do so at his website:  http://myrontstrong.weebly.com/store/p1/print-guardian.html

    For more on Dr. Fletcher visit her website: www.kamifletcher.weebly.comand/or contact her on Twitter using @kamifletcher36

    Some of Dr. Fletcher’s other recent publications include:

    Fletcher, Kami and Tamara Waraschinski “Between Cultural Necrophilia & African American Activism: Life & Loss in the Age of COVID” In Death, Grief and Loss in the Context of COVID-19 edited by Panagiotis Pentaris. Routledge, August 2021.

    Fletcher, Kami. “Long Live Chill #LLC: Exploring Grief, Memorial & Ritual in African American R.I.P.     T- shirt Culture.” In Beyond the Veil: Reflexive Study of Death and Dying, edited by Kalliopi Christoduoulaki and Aubrey Thamann, New York: Berghahn Books, May 2021.

    To find out about the Death and Culture conference we mention in the introduction, see here.

    To cite this episode, you can use the following citation:

    Fletcher, K. (2022) Interview on The Death Studies Podcast hosted by Michael-Fox, B. and Visser, R. Published 12 January 2022. Available at: www.thedeathstudiespodcast.com, DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.18272015


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Death Studies Podcast - Episode 4 - Georgina Bond

    The Death Studies Podcast - Episode 4 - Georgina Bond

    Georgina Bond is an anatomy technician in the Medical Teaching Unit at the University of Sheffield. She deals with people who chose to donate their body upon their death, including their embalming, their dissection and their eventual funeral. She has a BSc in Biology from Sheffield Hallam University and an MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Sheffield and has previously worked in Outreach. Georgina also volunteers her time at Bart's Pathology Museum and has now taken on an Ethics Reviewer role for the Medical School at the University of Sheffield. You can follow Georgina on twitter @georginab2610 and her lab @SheffAnatomy She also has a few blog posts about body donation which you can view at thedonationdiaries.wordpress.com

    To cite this episode, you can use the following citation:

    Bond, G. (2021) Interview on The Death Studies Podcast hosted by Michael-Fox, B. and Visser, R. Published 16 December 2021. Available at: www.thedeathstudiespodcast.com, DOI:  https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.17212505.v1


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    • 1 hr 4 min

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