Practicing respect: the display of foetal and infant remains at Royal College of Surgeons of England

Morton, S (2016) Practicing respect: the display of foetal and infant remains at Royal College of Surgeons of England. In: The Ethics of Display: Exhibiting Vulnerable Bodies, 21 March 2016, University of Warwick, UK.

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Abstract

The meanings of human remains are not linear but are multiple and shifting depending on social, institutional and historical context. In practice this ontologically instability can make defining what constitutes respectful treatment and ethical display problematic. To explore how concepts of appropriate and ethical display are applied within a particular context the thinking behind the current display of foetal and infant remains at the Royal College of Surgeons of England will be discussed. Along with the internal debates about the ethics of display, how the display space is used to encourage, or discourage, certain behaviours will also be considered, highlighting the connection between the materiality of the remains, respect and performance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 16:11
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 16:11
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