Presentation at Deathscapes of the Future workshop

Ruth gave a well received presentation on ‘Caring for the dead: time-space practices in urban Senegal’ at the Deathscapes of the Future workshop convened by Avril Maddrell at University of West of England, Bristol, 7th June 2016. The interdisciplinary workshop provided a great opportunity for sharing ideas about cultural diversity in deathscapes, cemetery spaces and memorialisation in different international contexts. See also Ruth’s tweet and follow her on twitter @DrRuth_Evans.

UK could learn lessons from Africa in dealing with death

British society is not paying enough attention to how a death may risk pushing families into poverty and could learn valuable lessons from West Africa, according to a new report. Researchers from the University of Reading and the Open University say Britain could actually learn much from the example of less affluent countries in Africa, such as Senegal. Dr. Ruth Evans’ and colleagues’ research explored people’s experiences of a family death, and analysed levels of financial, emotional and practical support offered to bereaved families in urban Senegal. The study, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, provides the first in-depth understanding of responses to death, care and family relations in an urban West African context.


A local mosque, Guédiawaye, Dakar.

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