Nuri McBride is an activist, writer, perfumer, and academic; focused on issues of Death Acceptance, olfactive cultural education, beauty culture, decolonising social movements, Intersectional Feminism, and end-of-life care for marginalised peoples.
Nuri spent the first twelve years of her career in refugee resettlement and torture treatment. She worked primarily in Kenya, Thailand, Israel, and the United States before transitioning to academia and eventually the private sector. At the same time, she became involved with facilitating Jewish death rituals and joined her local Chevra Kadisha. Becoming a Metaheret led to Nuri advocating for greater inclusiveness in Jewish death observances and a return to traditional green death practices for non-Orthodox communities.
Nuri also has had a profound interest in olfaction and beauty culture since she was a child. This interest led to her applying her skills as a researcher to delve deeper into the subject. Eventually, she apprenticing under several perfumers focusing on traditional Middle Eastern fragrance-making and distillation techniques.
Nuri is currently the Program Curator for the Scent & Society lecture series at the Institute of Art and Olfaction. She explores the intersection of olfaction and death rituals on her site, Death/Scent. She is currently developing a fragrance line which will launch in 2021 and is working on several writing projects, to be announced in the near future. She has had her work featured in a number of publications (see: Writing).
In her free time, Nuri can be found obsessing over Guillermo del Toro movies, odd smelly things she has discovered, the writing of Umberto Eco, as well as historical needlework and textile arts.
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