Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
The popularity of shows like "The Walking Dead" and "Zombie Nation" reveal an increasing fascination with the undead. But interest in zombies, revenants, and animated corpses is nothing new, having long captured the imagination not just of fiction writers, but also of theologians, philosophers, and even scientists. The question of when a human is truly dead has been the focus of scholarly investigation for millennia. In this talk, historian Winston Black (Assumption College) will examine how and why medieval scholars debated corpse animation and hence understood the porous boundaries between life and death. Clark University professor Deborah Robertson (Biology) will offer commentary. Co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, Early Modernists Unite, and the Departments of Biology and History.