In my second conversation with Dr. C on his ‘Office Hours with Dr. C’ podcast, I address an aspect of the mortuary archaeology of the future, reflecting on my blog-posts and ideas surrounding the TV show The Walking Dead.
In our conversation, we explore how fictional representations of the post-apocalyptic future are embedded in visions of the American frontier in the 19th century. We consider ‘mortuary and commemorative traditions’, the significance of ‘us/them’ definitions in treating the dead, and the significance of ‘graves’. I also addressed the distinction between inhumation and cremation, and the significance of ‘personal effects’ – from Rick’s hat to Lucille – on articulating the relationships between the living and the dead. We also considered the spiritual dialogues with those who have passed on.
The TV shows together help us to think in a sustained way about our mortality and we talk about the relationship between The Walking Dead and the COVID pandemic experience.
Check out the episode here: