I have worked at the Open University since 1994, occupying several academic roles from Research Fellow to Head of Department and Programme Director for the Health and Social Care Department. I have contributed to several modules in production, most notably chairing the remake of the undergraduate module on death and dying and the production of a module on dementia care. My research interests lie in the area of ethnography and death and dying, and I have worked on several large, externally-funded research projects. I am a core member of the Birth and Death research group, vice president of the international Association for the Study of Death and Society and co-editor of the international journal of death studies, Mortality. My current roles include qualifications co- lead, and Open Media Fellow. My practice background in nursing and midwifery is an important part of keeping the experience of health care central to what I do. I am proud to have gained my first degree and PhD through the Open University.
Earle, S., Foley P, Komaromy C and Lloyd C (2009) ‘Conceptualising Reproductive Loss: A Social Sciences Perspective’, Human Fertility
J. Hockey, C. Komaromy and K. Woodthorpe (eds) (2010 forthcoming), The Matter of Death: space, place and materiality. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave.
Earle, S., Komaromy, C. and Bartholomew, C. (eds) (2009) Death and Dying: A Reader, Sage/The Open University. h/b: 978-1-84787-509-9. p/b 978-1-84787-510-5. [OU Co-published Text]
Earle, S., Bartholomew, C. and Komaromy, C. (eds) (2009) Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology Sage/The Open University. h/b: 978-1-84787-511-2. p/b: 978-1-84787-512-9. [OU Co-published Text]
Robb, M., Barrett, S., Komaromy, C. and Rogers, A. (2003) Communication, Relationships and Care. London: Routledge
Komaromy, C., (2001) Editor, Dilemmas in UK Health Care. Bucks: Open University Press
Co-published text for U205
Chapters in edited books:
Komaromy, C. (2009) Palliative nursing care in nursing and residential care homes, in Stevens, E., Jackson, S. and Milligan, S. (eds) Palliative Nursing: across the spectrum of care. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Komaromy, C. (2009) ‘The Sight and Sound of Death: The Management of Dead bodies in Residential and Nursing Homes for Older People’, in Earle, S., Komaromy, C. and Bartholomew, C. Death and Dying: A Raeder, London: Sage/The Open University, pp 12-20
Komaromy, C. (2009) ‘The State of Dying’, in Earle, S., Komaromy, C. and Bartholomew, C. Death and Dying: A Raeder, London: Sage/The Open University, pp 73-80
Komaromy, C. (2009) ‘Reflections of Death, Continuing Memories’, in Earle, S., Bartholomew, C. and Komaromy, C. Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology, pp167-169
Komaromy C, Earle S, Foley P and Lloyd C (2007), ‘Reproductive loss and the moment of death’, Practising Midwife, ISSN: 1461-3123. (15% contribution) reprinted in S Earle, C Komaromy and C Bartholomew (eds) (2009) Death and Dying: A Reader, Sage/The Open University. [OU Co-published Text]
Komaromy, C. (2007) Nursing care at the time of death, In Payne, S., Seymour, J. Skilbeck, J. and Ingleton, C. Palliative Care Nursing: Principles and Evidence for Practice, 2nd edition, Bucks: Open University Press
Komaromy, C. and Russell, A. (2003) ‘Life choices: making antenatal screening decisions’ In Robb, M., Barrett, S., Komaromy, C. and Rogers, A. (2003) op cit.
Komaromy, C. (2003) ‘The needs of relatives and other residents when a death occurs’ In Katz, J. and Peace, S. End of life in care homes, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 87-98
Sidell, M. and Komaromy, C. (2003) ‘Who dies in care homes for older people?’ In Katz, J and Peace, S. (2003) op cit. pp 45-58
Komaromy, C. (2002) 'The Performance of the Hour of Death', In Clark, D. and Hockley, J. Palliative Care for Older People in Care Homes. Bucks: Open University Press
Komaromy, C., Hockey, J., (2001) Naturalising death among older adults in residential care. In Hockey, J., Katz, J. and Small, N. (Eds.) Grief Mourning and Death Ritual. Bucks: Open University Press
Komaromy, C. (2000) ‘Caring for life: dilemmas in health care’ In Komaromy, C. (ed.) (2000) op.cit. pp 87-98
Komaromy, C. (2000) Medical technology: solving problems or creating dilemmas? In Komaromy, C., op cit. 131-160
Foxcroft, D. and Komaromy, C. (2000) ‘Evaluating health care: dilemmas posed by research and evidence.’ In Komaromy, C. (2000), op cit. pp 131-160
Brunner, E., Davey, B., Hemingway, E., Komaromy, C. and Sidell, M. (2000) ‘Preventing disease: the case of coronary heart disease’ In Komaromy, C. (2000) op cit. pp 161-192
(i) Refereed journals articles
Page, S. and Komaromy, C. (2005) Professional Performance: the case of unexpected and expected deaths, Mortality, November, 2005; 10(4); 294-307 (50% contribution)
Komaromy, C., The sight and sound of death: the management of dead bodies in residential and nursing homes for older people. Mortality, Volume 5, N. 3, 2000
Komaromy, C., Sidell, M., Katz, J., (2000) Dying in Care: factors which influence the quality of terminal care given to older people in residential and nursing homes. International Journal of palliative Nursing, vol.6, no 4, pp 192-205.(80% contribution to research and 80% write up)
*Katz, J., Sidell, M. and Komaromy, C. Death in residential and nursing homes: bereavement needs of residents, relatives and staff' International Journal of Palliative Nursing (2000) (80% to research and 20% write up)
Katz, J., Sidell, M. and Komaromy, C., Understanding palliative care in residential and nursing homes International Journal of Palliative Nursing (1999) 5; 2; 58-64 (80% to research and 20% write up)
(ii) Non-refereed journal articles
Earle S, Foley P, Komaromy C and Lloyd C E (2008) 'Conceptualising reproductive loss: A social sciences perspective', Human Fertility, Vol. 11(4), pp. 259-262, ISSN: 1464-7273.
Komaromy C, Earle S, Foley P and Lloyd C (2007), ‘Reproductive loss and the moment of death’, Practising Midwife, ISSN: 1461-3123.
Komaromy C, Earle S, Lloyd C and Foley P (2007), ‘A social insight into bereavement and reproductive loss, Practising Midwife, ISSN: 1461-3123.
Earle S, Komaromy C, Foley P and Lloyd C (2007) ‘The social dimensions of reproductive loss’, Practising Midwife, June, ISSN: 1461-3123.
The role of the Anatomical Pathology Technician.
Sociology of health and illness, communication and death and dying.
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Crossing over seeks to establish a new interdisciplinary network of international experts from different fields of research on death and dying to work interactively and collaboratively on the theoretical and practical challenges posed by the changing face of contemporary death. Both death as a moment in time and dying as a process result in intersections of the theoretical and the social, the academic and the pragmatic, the arcane and the everyday - that is, intersections between spheres which might not usually interact. Crossing over exemplifies a belief that such complex matters can only be addressed by a wide and innovative exchange of ideas and practices. The network will consist of scholars from the humanities and social sciences. It will be directed from the University of Hull's newly established, multi-disciplinary Centre for End of Life Studies but also includes a significant contribution from the University of Sheffield's multi-disciplinary Death Group (est 2004) convened from the Department of English. A conference in Sheffield in 2015 will share the fruits of the network's research and will be open to a wide range of professionals as well as members of the public.