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What happens to our bodies when we die? Do our bodies define who and what we are – or are they a vessel for something more?

In the final talk in our Dead Calm series, we’ll focus on the site of death itself, exploring the physiological and philosophical implications of death for the human body. For many of us, ‘bodies’ are an integral part of the whole discussion of death and also the most confronting. Does the way we treat our bodies after we die have ethical implications, or merely practical ones? How do different religious traditions conceive of the body after death? And how is the meaning of death changing with advances in medical science?

Hosted by Hilary Harper, we’ll talk organ donation, artistic intervention, bioethics and more.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.


Hilary Harper

Hilary Harper has a degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing, and 30 years’ experience in radio. She’s been at the ABC since 2005. She’s covered everything from news and current affairs to traffic reporting, arts, health, gardeni... Read more

Dominique Martin

Dominique is Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics and Professionalism in the School of Medicine at Deakin University. She studied Medicine and Arts as undergraduate degrees and completed a PhD in Applied Ethics at the University of Melbourne in 2011 on the topic of markets in human biological materials... Read more

Rohit D'Costa

Rohit D’Costa is the medical director of Donatelife Victoria, the State’s organ donation coordination service. He is also an intensive care specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Rohit has a specific interest in the organ donation conversation, being a national trainer for the Organ and Tis... Read more

Pia Interlandi

Pia Interladi is a fashion designer holding a PhD in Architecture and Design from RMIT University, where in 2013 she completed her doctoral study [A]Dressing Death: Fashioning Garments for the Grave. A full time academic in the School of Fashion and Textiles as RMIT, she has also completed Funeral ... Read more


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