How we bury our dead during a pandemic: Q&A with Matthew Engelke

Funerals, burials and other ways of communally commemorating those who have died have always been part of human history. The need for social distancing has upended these psychologically important rituals and fostered creative alternatives.

In 2019, before any of us had heard of Covid-19, Anthropologist and SCT 2020-21 Faculty, Matthew Engelke wrote about death rituals in the Annual Review of Anthropology. "Much of what he discussed," writes interviewer Stephanie Parker "resonates strongly today."

Read Engelke's thoughts on the human need for ritual, Confederate statues, secondary burials and people who dance with their dead on Knowable Magazine.

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