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Forensic Uncertainty and Ambiguous Loss Lucy Easthope

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Professor Lucy Easthope is the country's leading authority on recovering from disaster and the Sunday Times bestselling author of When The Dust Settles.

For over two decades Lucy Easthope has challenged others to think differentlv about what comes next, after tragic events. She is a passionate and thought-provoking voice in an area that few know about: emergency planning. She is known globally for her work and holds research positions in the UK and New Zealand.

Much or Lucy Easthope’s work in disaster has presented scenarios where bodies or remains are not recovered. In this talk she discusses the specific challenges that this poses for families, responders and communities.

This event is part of the State of Disappearance project.

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Lucy Easthope is a Professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University or Durham and Honorary Professor in Mass Fatalaties and Pandemics at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath.

About the State of Disappearance Project

The State of Disappearance project is a collaborative response that ​brings together the arts, humanities, social sciences and wider advocacy groups to bring new attention to the multiple ways disappearance occurs. Started in 2017 by the projects co-directors Professor Brad Evans (Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Bath) and Visual Artist Chantal Meza, it asks what forced absence and human denial means for societies and how we might better understand such violence in the 21st Century? 

The first phase of the project culminates in the State of Disappearance art exhibition, featuring 77 artworks on the theme by painter Chantal Meza. The exhibition will take place in Centrespace art gallery in the City of Bristol from 28 October to 8 November 2023 and will also coincide with the publication of a book with McGill-Queens University Press. The exhibition will kick off two weeks of public talks and panel discussions from renowned authorities, educating on a broad set of issues from enforced disappearance, the Holocaust, slavery, along with the challenges of finding the missing. 

The State of Disappearance Art Exhibition is supported by Arts Council England National Lottery; the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Bath; ESRC Festival of Social Sciences; the Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol; the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath; the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; and Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. It is also partnered by Bristol Ideas; Locate International; Trebuchet Art Magazine; and The Philosopher.

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