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Asli Ozgen-Tuncer

Asli Ozgen is Assistant Professor Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. She teaches in the BA program in Media and Culture and the MA program in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image. Her research lies at the intersections of film historiography, critical archival studies, and memory activism.
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corpse road

Also known as corpse way, coffin route, coffin road, coffin path, churchway path, bier road, burial road, lyke-way or lych-way. “Now is the time of night, That the graves all gaping wide, Every one lets forth his sprite, In the church-way paths to glide” – Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream. A path used in medieval times to take the dead from a remote parish to the ‘mother’ church for burial. Coffin rests or wayside crosses lined the route of many where the procession would stop for a while to sing a hymn or say a prayer. There was a strong belief that once a body was taken over a field or fell that route would forever be a public footpath which may explain why so many corpse roads survive today as public footpaths. They are known through the UK.

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