Catriona Byers

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King's College London

Death as an institution: Managing the anonymous dead at the morgues of Paris and New York, c.1864-1914

I am hugely grateful to the Economic History Society for their financial support of my project through this PhD Bursary. My research explores the nineteenth-century morgues of Paris and New York, positioning them as key urban intuitions that combined medical authority and the investigative power of the state. The EHS PhD Bursary helped fund my tuition fees for my second year, allowing me more time and energy to focus on my research rather than unrelated professional work.  As a result, I made significant progress during this year, including upgrading to candidate status successfully, presenting papers at conferences around the UK and USA, and having two journal articles accepted for publication. This progress would not have been possible without the generous support of the EHS.