Corpse work

This week there was a really interesting conference on "Corpse work", hosted by DaCNet in York. It is a sort of interdisciplinary get together of academics, artists and authors that merge all sorts of sources of knowledge into a weird, unexpected but tasty stew. The day started with Dr Jennifer Wallis from Imperial describing the early research into resuscitation techniques and stillborn babies - and added an aside of Silverster's method of floatation by making a small cut in the skin and blowing air into the subcutaneous layers! It ended with Polina Ignatova giving a thoughtful comparison of stories of the medieval "restless dead" and their similarities with modern zombie films. Checking my

Mapping the skull

This month, I have spent a lot of time at The Book Warren in Willingham (where the lovely Lindsay not only offers a dizzying selection of delectable delights, but also kindly stocks local artists' work for sale... helping to pay for my consumption of her delectable delights thanks to other customers buying my things). Well, I was relaxing with a latte and slice of banana loaf when an old Atlas caught my eye. By the look of it, is was from around 1920s, as it proudly proclaimed the shape of the new world (after the War, singular). Africa was covered in pink bits, and there were maps of ethnicity and empires, and horrifically racist representations of the world's populations (oh, the white gu