Sandra Baker a resident of Baltimore, Maryland where she majors in mortuary science at the Community College of Baltimore County. She works full time as a funeral apprentice and crematory operator where she has the opportunity to assist many people from numerous ethnic cultures and social background. Being able to provide support to others during trying times bestows Sandi with a sense of fulfillment and she feels great honor in caring for the dead.
Robyn Lacy is a historical archaeologist whose research focuses on burial landscapes in the 17th century, winter burial practices, and protective magic in mortuary contexts. She received her MA in Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2017 and has gone on to study historic standing buildings and gravestone conservation, while continuing her research on burial ground organization and landscapes. Her first book, Burial and Death in Colonial North America,is forthcoming from Emerald Publishing. She writes regularly at spadeandthegrave.com.
Dr. Tamara Waraschinski
Dr. Waraschinski grew up in Germany and then moved to Australia, where she received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Adelaide in 2018. She now live close to Portland, Oregon. Dr. Waraschinski’s work experience in aged care, as palliative care volunteer, as well as her personal background, has informed her life-long curiosity of how we construct this social world of ours. She became a social theorist and death scholar, particularly interested in how capitalism corrodes our ability to accept that we are mortal beings. Trying to do her part in finding ways that amend the painful consequences of our grief and death illiteracy, Dr. Waraschinski now works in the non-profit sector. However, scholarly work and education around issues of death, dying and grief remain an integral part of her.
Bethany Tabor is an Art Historian who explores themes of death and dying in visual and performance art. She is most interested in the use of human remains in art and how the practice shifts between eras of human history. Tabor holds a Master’s degree in Performance Studies from New York University where she examined performance and its afterlives.
Marlene Melisa Davila
Born in the Mexican state of Guanajuato in 1998, Marlene Davila grew up in England and lived, for some time, in Belgium where she learned to speak French. Eventually, she would return to Mexico, complete high school but her cancer diagnosis would derail her from obtaining her Bachelor’s in Literature.
Marlene began her research and interest in death studies and cultural perspectives on death when she fell ill with a rare type of cancer. Her diagnosis changed her perspective on life and death and so she began her research and interest in death studies and cultural perspectives on death. Most notably, she has directed a praised local documentary titled: Post Mortem (2018).
Today, after being in remission for some years, she’s earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications, has lived in France and works as a Communications Specialist in a German Enterprise.
Kalisto Nanen (he.ze.they) is a journalist, cultural anthropologist, death guide and a student in funeral service education and mortuary sciences. Kalisto’s research focuses around Cemetery Recognizance Surveys of the Northwest and Southern Black American Funeral Traditions and Customs. He received his BA in Cultural Anthropology and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Montana and is currently working on combining legacy writing and horticulture into providing memorials and landscapes for the current generation of dead and dying.
Instagram : Kalisto_Zenda
Lucja is a dual PhD student at both the Institute of Sociology at the University of Lodz and the Digital Humanities at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She holds Master’s degrees in Theatre Studies, Ethnology and Culture Anthropology, and Animal Psychology. Her recent research focuses on the experience of parents’ bereavement processes in Poland; and the experience of Polish cancer patients’ suffering along with the phenomenon of cancertainment in digital appearances. She is the author of the book Anthropologist as an internal auditor (2016) and co-editor and publisher of e-books Homelessness in Lodz (2016), Flat and home as a cultural and social uncertainty (2017).
Tanya Ball (she/her) is a Michif woman currently living in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) in Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Region 4. She is a PhD Student at the Faculty of Native Studies where she researches Michif experiences of death and dying and a co-host for masinahikan iskwêwak: the Book Women Podcast, which is a podcast about Indigenous Storytelling.