The Ecology of a Corpse: Dead Bodies in American Environmental History

Filed under Academic, Events on November 1, 2016.

Environmental historian, Ellen Stroud, from Pennsylvania State University is giving a free lecture on Thursday, November 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Smathers Library 100 on the UF campus.

In this lecture, Prof. Stroud will examine why Americans have generally feared rather than revered dead bodies. Such anxieties about the place of corpses and corpse disposal practices have shaped American landscapes and ideas about nature, and raise challenging questions: should bodies return to the earth or should they be preserved indefinitely? What environmental challenges do burials of “unnatural” bodies pose to American landscapes?

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