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Death & Burial in Paris: Père Lachaise to Fort Canning Cemetery

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Singapore Management University

School of Law

Seminar Room 2.02, Level 2.

Singapore, Singapore 179943

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Singapore Heritage Society & The Singapore Management University Wee Kim Wee Center present:

The Lecture:

Though Paris is the city of love, it is also the place where the modern traditions of Western death and burial were established. Dr. Gopin’s lecture will trace the tradition of mass burial in Parisian church graveyards to the new modern idea of the world’s first cemetery in 1804. Père Lachaise Cemetery is the culmination of a struggle to reform burial practices and this radical idea of a cemetery became the basis for all the tradition of burial in the west. The revolutionary idea of individual burial in a modern cemetery spread quickly in the west—England, Spain, Germany, and the United States-- and arrived in Singapore surprisingly early in 1834 in the now disappeared Fort Canning Cemetery.

The Presenter:

Dr. Seth Gopin was born in New York City and earned a BA in French from Rutgers College (1979) and a Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers University (1994). He was employed at Rutgers for more than a quarter of a century and oversaw the Office for Scholarships and Fellowships, was in charge of Study Abroad Programs, and served as the Director of Global Studies. Now retired, his interests include urban architecture and the structure of cities He has been knighted by the French government for his groundbreaking work in popularising the history of the city of Paris to Americans and is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

The Programme:

10:30: Registration & Refreshments

11:00 Dr. Seth Gopin Lecture

11:45: Response by Alwyn LIM, Assistant Professor of Sociology, SMU, followed by Q n A

12:30: End of Programme.

Moderator: Dr. Chua Ai Lin, SHS, Vice President, (2017-2019)

Limited to 25 pax, a walk starting at Fort Canning will precede the lecture. For details and registration please go to : https://fort-canning-walk-shs.eventbrite.sg




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