Staging the Dead

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Anna-Katharina Höpflinger


The body is one of the basic media that form and communicate gender. How important gender is for the perception of an individual becomes especially clear by looking at the exhibition of a dead body. Having nothing left other than the body, the deceased are reduced to characteristics that seem to be the basis of a specific culture. However, in religious contexts the exhibition of mortal remains can also be used to overcome gender differentiations. In this article, I will focus on Central Europe, and argue that material presentations are an authoritative means of forming concepts of gender and religion. 

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Anna-Katharina Höpflinger, Center for Religion, Economy and Politics, University of Zurich

Anna-Katharina Höpflinger is a research and teaching assistant at the Center for Religion, Economy and Politics (ZRWP) at the University of Zurich. After completing her Ph.D in the Study of Religion, she has developed different research projects in the field of media and religion, particularly focusing on the body, clothing, and gender. She is also interested in religions in the ancient world and in European history, in Heavy Metal and religion, and in charnel-chapels.


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