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Public mourning in North Korea


Queen’s University professor Jill Scott, who researches mourning and forgiveness, is available to talk about the emotional public reaction in North Korea following the death of leader Kim Jong-il.

North Korea state TV footage has shown images of people overcome with emotion and openly sobbing in the streets. Dr. Scott can talk about how different cultures deal with public mourning.

“This is a good opportunity to think about the cultural differences in mourning practices. In ancient Greece, there were professional mourners who could be hired to cry over the graves of the rich members of society. The more money you had, the more mourners you could hire,” says Dr. Scott, a professor in the Department of Languages, Literature and Culture.

Dr. Scott is the author of A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss and Forgiveness (Palgrave Macmillan 2010). Please note Dr. Scott is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig 613.533.2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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