Dr Kate Falconer - the 'work' of the dead in private law
AboutDeath is traditionally seen as the endpoint for the individual as a legal person. In private law in particular, the post-death person is conceptualised not so much the opposite of the pre-death person, but the absence of the pre-death person. But we can challenge this accepted view. In this talk we will adopt Avery Gordon’s framework of ‘haunting’ to critically examine the ‘work’ done by the dead in disputes over their bodies. In doing so, we will assess the extent to which the deceased continues to be present and to have a presence in at least some private law disputes.
Dr Kate Falconer is a Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. Her research interests lie in the law of the dead and bodily disposal, and the ways in which the private law interacts with death, the dead, and dead bodies. She is particularly interested in the impacts and implications of new death technologies both for private law and society more broadly.
DateSaturday 24 February 2024 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM (UTC+11)
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