21 June 2012
From the web site of the Cemetery Research Group, University of York, UK. http://www.york.ac.uk/chp/crg/cemeterydef.htm
‘The Cemetery Research Group (CRG) was established at the University of York in 1990, when a consortium of interdisciplinary academics successfully applied for Economic and Social Research Funding for research on local authorities and cemetery conservation. Since that time, research on cemeteries has continued at the University principally by Julie Rugg.
The work of the CRG is informed by an understanding of international and UK cemetery history from around 1740 to the present. The principal aim of the CRG is to expand an understanding of current and past burial culture in the modern period in the UK, by studying the ways in which social, emotional and religious concerns have interacted with economic and political imperatives to frame burial practice’.
Foucault considered the cemetery a ‘highly heterotopian space‘ both rupturing and accumulating.