— Avril Maddrell (@AvrilMaddrell) September 2, 2016
Ruth Evans will present a paper, ‘Feeling alone, co-presence and absent-presence in urban Senegal’ in the Geographies of Loss, Grief and Carrying On: the nexus of death, diversity and resilience sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference in London tomorrow. Hope to see you there! @DrRuth_Evans #RGSIBG16
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.
Ruth was interviewed by Anne Diamond on BBC Radio Berkshire this morning about cultural diversity in responses to death and family relations in Senegal and lessons from the research for the UK . Listen to the podcast (2.09 mins-2.26 mins into the show)!
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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