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Dr Hannah Gould is a cultural anthropologist working in the areas of death, religion (Buddhism), and material culture, with a regional focus on East-Asia and Australia. Her research examines the processes of disposal and divestment, both in regard to the human dead and material objects. In sum, she studies ‘the stuff of death and the death of stuff’.

Dr Gould has degrees from Melbourne and Oxford Universities, and completed her doctoral research into the transformation of contemporary Japanese death ritual. Dr Gould currently serves as the President of The Australian Death Studies Society and holds the Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowship for the project “Mobile Mortality: Transnational Futures of Deathcare in the Asia Pacific”.

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