Award: Fulbright US Scholar
Sponsor: University College Cork
Institution: University of North Caroline at Charlotte
Dr Christine S. Davis is a Professor in the Communication Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studies people with illnesses and conditions that are incurable as they face revisions in their personal identity and narrative and negotiate the liminal spaces between alive and dead, and power and marginalization. She is author and co-author of 11 books, including Talking through Death: Communicating about Death in Interpersonal, Mediated, and Cultural Contexts (2018); and End of life communication: Stories from the Dead Zone (2019). She has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research at University College Cork on the construction of identity of Irish women, especially marginalized, vulnerable, and poor women, in the context of Ireland’s Magdalen Homes deaths and bodily disposal, related to the ways in which death, and threat of death, is used to construct and reify gendered, religious, and social power.