Wednesday, September 14, 2016

BA CVC Graduate publishes chapter in book, Grave Matters, Four Courts Press, August 2016


BA Contemporary Visual Culture Graduate, Siobhán Doyle, publishes chapter in book, Grave Matters, published by Four Courts Press, 2016.

Siobhán's chapter is called: Funerary Traditions and Commemorative practices in Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum". Her essay on the work of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum sets out the complexity of accommodating mourners and tourists within the same space in Ireland’s ‘national’ burial ground.

Grave Matters arose from a one-day symposium arranged by the Dublin City Research Network and supported by Glasnevin Trust and Trinity College Dublin in April 2014. Papers presented at the symposium dealt with a broad range of topics including funerary customs, post-mortem photography, memorial cards and the death penalty. The success of the conference resulted in this collection of 14 essays published by Four Courts Press, and launched in August 2016. 

Grave Matters - Death and dying in Dublin, 1500 to the present ed. Lisa Marie Griffith & Ciarán Wallace, Four Courts Press (2016). For further details on the book, click here: Grave Matters (2016) Four Courts Press 

As part of her undergraduate BA in Visual and Critical Studies (now BA in Contemporary Visual Culture) at DIT, Siobhán spent 12 weeks as an archive intern at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum which led to her using the museum as a case study in her final year thesis. Siobhán's undergraduate research investigated how many cemeteries have overturned their original function and negative association as sites of death and mourning to be transformed into multi-disciplinary spaces which provide visitors with a meaningful experience. 

Following this, Siobhán presented a research paper on ‘Cemeteries as Multi-Disciplinary Spaces’ at Stockholm University, Sweden in September 2015. Siobhán is currently undertaking a PhD research project titled 'The Visual Culture of Commemorative Exhibitions in National Cultural Institutions in Ireland' at DIT. Her project explores the commemorative forms of visualizing conflict with a focus on the commemorations of 1916 in Ireland.

See here for Irish Times article on book: Irish Times Article on Grave Matters