The Thing Is...Death
Wednesday 23 January 2013, 19.00-20.00
Human remains are reminders of our own mortality, as well
as the physical remnants of family, friends, adversaries
and strangers. In contemporary society and in many different
cultures, showing any disrespect for human remains is taboo; but is
this only for remains belonging to ‘insiders’ from the same
religion, culture, tribe or community? Are those labelled
‘outsiders’ treated differently? At what point does a human body,
or body part, become a 'thing' rather than a person? And once this
happens, what are the ethical implications of what we do with
Speaker: Marek Kohn, author and journalist
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