2020 Crisis

A Crisis Within A Crisis


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George Gumisiriza has recently been awarded SWDTP ESRC (1+3) PhD Scholarship at the University of Bath (UK). His area of study is Repatriationscapes: death and repatriation of human remains among African diaspora. A study into selected cases in London (UK).  George’s PhD study programme is a continuation of his Master of Science in Social and Cultural Theory obtained from the University of Bristol (UK).  George’s recent research addresses the Significance of the repatriation of human remains as an aspect of cultural belonging among the Gambian community in Wales, UK where he lives!  The study revealed that the narrative of the deceased diaspora is embodied in the obligation for the living [Gambians in the UK] to repatriate the body  to their home country for burial, thereby, exploring how death and body repatriation are framed within the migration context to address multi-dimensional social, cultural and religious perspectives. George is a Further Education lecturer and spoken word artist who is passionate about social community cohesion and integration in the UK.  George is a member of Migration Mobilities Bristol (MMB).

Dr. Judith López Peñaloza received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, San Jose Campus. She obtained a PhD in Psychology by UNAM (Mexico’s National Autonomous University) in 2008 and has been a tenured Professor and Researcher for the last 18 years at the University of Michoacán, Mexico. As a clinician, she has been in private practice since 1990. Her main research interests are around the issues of death, grief, trauma and resiliency. She has received numerous distinctions for her work in teaching and research, such as the one given by CONACYT, among others, for research quality work, which placed her in the National List of Recognized Researchers (SNI: National Research System), since 2013. She is the author of several book chapters and articles on the topics of her research interests. She is a frequent speaker in conferences in different parts of Mexico and the world.

Dr. Osman Balkan is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College. His research and teaching focuses on the politics of migration, identity, and citizenship in Western Europe and the Middle East. He is currently working on a book about the end-of-life practices of Muslims in Germany. For more information, please visit his personal website at: http://www.osmanbalkan.com

Moderator – Dr. Kami Fletcher is an associate professor of history at Albright College and president of the Collective for Radical Death Studies and co-editor of Till Death Do Us Part: American Ethnic Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed examines the internal and external drives among ethnic, religious, and racial groups to separate their dead.  For more on Dr. Fletcher visit her website at www.kamifletcher.weebly.com and contact her on Twitter using @kamifletcher36  

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