Areas of Interest:
Ingrid Fernandez received her Ph.D. in The Program in Modern Thought & Literature and is a multidisciplinary scholar who focuses on bodily representation and identity construction through images in popular Western Culture. She is currently working on Dead Body Studies. Unlike studies dealing with cultural rituals aimed at the disposal of the dead, which have much more to do with the living, Dead Body Studies solely focus on the space of the corpse as a material presence in society, one that is in turn, endowed with agency. This altered perspective allows scholars to find unexpected places in which certain unmediated images of corpses arise and haunt the living. Other research interests include: bio-politics and bio-ethics; memorial photography and painting; representation of cadavers in literature, film and television; and forensic sciences.