Rebecca Rosen (RCHA)
Rebecca M. Rosen has received fellowships and grants from research institutions including the American Philosophical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Smithsonian’s Dibner Library of Science, the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. Her book project, Postmortem Life: Anatomy, Autopsy and Testimony in Early America and the Atlantic World, considers how the voices of deceased people were extracted, interpreted, or stifled through forensic means, and how such practices formed the basis of an autoptic culture of testimonial retrieval in early America and the larger Atlantic world. This study demonstrates how postmortem practices illuminate conceptions of the deceased body as subject, object, and witness, how race and gender affected such assessments, and how these formulations contributed to the development of early American life writing.
Julia Alejandra Morales Fontanilla (RCHA)
Anthropology, “Necrolife: Encounters of Practice in the Morgues -- An Ethnography of Postmortem Examinations in Colombia”