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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Obscura Society Philly: Don't Fear The Reaper

Join us for an expansive evening with author, photographer, and death expert Dr. Paul Koudounaris.

Philly, Philly, Philly! Are you ever in for a special treat. In between his travels to all points north, south, east, and west, author, photographer, and death expert, Dr. Paul Koudounaris will be providing an exclusive lecture at The Convent, an art and performance space housed in a former convent.  

Dr. Koudounaris has spent over a decade traveling the world and documenting the way past and present cultures preserve the link between the living and dead. His work exposes the historical and universal need to preserve the dead within the society of the living, and the ways in which modern Western culture has subverted that need to our own detriment.  A wide-reaching slideshow that will take the audience from skull-encrusted caves in Africa to dancing mummies in Indonesia to palatial house of bone in Early Modern Europe, and reconsider the way our own culture interprets death as a boundary. As it turns out, you need not fear the reaper, because he's actually not that bad a guy.

Dr. Paul Koudounaris has produced three award winning books: The Empire of Death (a history of ossuaries), Heavenly Bodies (a study of Baroque-era jeweled skeletons and decorated bones), and Memento Mori (a global look at the display of human remains as a means to create limiinal spaces in which the living can communicate with those who have passed on).  Find out more about Dr. Paul Koudounaris unique work here.


The Convent is located in a residential neighborhood and parking is limited. Please respect surrounding neighbors

Doors at 6:45. Dr. Koudounaris will begin promptly at 7pm

Dr. Koudounaris will have some prints of his work available for purchase after his presentation

Advance ticket sales only. All sales are final.