Dr John Troyer
John Troyer started his post at the University of Bath in September 2008. He is Director of the Centre for Death and Society, an RCUK Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. John received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society in May 2006. His Ph.D. dissertation, entitled "Technologies of the Human Corpse" was awarded the University of Minnesota's 2006 Best Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities. From 2007-2008 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University teaching the cultural studies of science and technology. Within the field of death studies, John focuses on delineating and defining the concept of the dead human subject. John is in the closing stages of a case study looking at mercury emissions and heat capture technology in UK crematoria.
- The social and technological control of the dead body in both time and space vis-à-vis mechanical manipulation of human biology.
- The legal, scientific and medical protocols that determine social policies, for example, those which pronounce a time of death for human beings.
- The illicit, global trade in human tissues and body parts.
- Aesthetics and death.
- SP10260: Science, Technology and Society
- SP20261: Social concepts of human, monsters and machines
- SP30161: Sociology of death
- SP30276: Gender, sexuality, science and society
Contributing to: SP20177: Sociology of the Body
Moncur, W., Bikker, J., Kasket, E. and Troyer, J., 2012. From death to final disposition: Roles of technology in the post-mortem interval. In: CHI '12 Proceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, pp. 531-540.
Rumble, H., Troyer, J., Walter, T. and Woodthorpe, K., 2014. Disposal or dispersal?:Environmentalism and final treatment of the British dead. Mortality, 19 (3), pp. 243-260.
Troyer, J., 2010. Reflections on Working with Funeral Directors in the UK. Funeral Director Monthly, 93 (7), pp. 34-35.
Troyer, J., 2008. Abuse of a corpse: a brief history and re-theorization of necrophilia laws in America. Mortality, 13 (2), pp. 132-152.
Conference or Workshop Items
Troyer, J., 2009. War without death: America's ingenious plan to defeat its enemies without bloodshed. In: 9th International Meeting on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, 2009-09-09 - 2009-09-12, Centre for Death and Life Studies, University of Durham.
Troyer, J., 2009. A labor of death and a labor against death: Memorial tattoos in late modernity. In: Envisaging Death: Visual Culture and Dying Symposium, 2009-06-26, University of Birmingham.
Troyer, J., 2014. It seems no cultural traditions involving death are safe. The Conversation
Troyer, J., 2014. The Conversation: Why we are so fascinated by sexual pathologies and Jimmy Savile. The Conversation
Troyer, J., 2014. Death isn’t taboo, we’re just not encouraged to talk about it. The Conversation
Troyer, J., 2010. Humans riding on the backs of dinosaurs: A walk through the Creation Museum (Lecture). University College London: Grant Museum of Zoology.
Troyer, J., 2009. 'Bodies embalmed by us NEVER TURN BLACK!' A brief history of the hyperstimulated human corpse (Lecture). Brooklyn, NY USA: Library of Morbid Anatomy.
Troyer, J., 2009. A brief history of American funeral directing Museum of funeral customs (Lecture). Springfield, IL USA.
Troyer, J., 2009. Abuse of a corpse: A brief history of necrophilia laws in America (Lecture). Oxford University, UK: AIR Meeting.
Troyer, J., 2009. A birthday treat for Mr. Darwin: A walk through the creation museum, Kentucky, USA (Lecture). Bath, UK: Bath Café Scientifique.