[csaa-forum] Research Seminar at UNSW: Tues 23rd April, 3.30-5pm

Collin Chua c.chua at unsw.edu.au
Tue Apr 16 11:41:02 CST 2013


Seminar Series 2013 at the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW
‘Make ’em laugh, make ’em cry: Obituaries to die for’

The newspaper obituary has never been more popular. The daily page cataloguing the careers and exploits of those who have died has become an institution in both the US and the UK; some newspapers have even published anthologies of their ‘best’ obituaries. But obituaries are more than merely a good read, they also form part of the ‘collective memory’ (Fowler, 2008), prompting the question: who gets an obituary and why? And who doesn’t, and why not?

Tim Bullamore, who has written more than a thousand obituaries and who first coined the term ‘the postmodern obituary’, will try to answer this question as both a journalist and an academic. He will also trace the history of the obituary, offer some insights into the art of writing them, share some anecdotes, and discuss some of his ongoing research into the genre and its impact on the society in which we live.

Time: Tuesday, 23rd April, 3.30-5pm
Venue: Webster 327

All welcome.
Food and drinks will be provided.

The School’s Research Seminars provide a showcase for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists to present their work. Contact Dr Collin Chua (C.Chua at unsw.edu.au<mailto:C.Chua at unsw.edu.au>) with any inquiries.

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