Thursday, 18 July 2013

Call for Chapters [Digital Death: Mortality and Beyond in the Online Age]

Call for Submissions
Digital Death collection
(10/1/13; 12/1/13)

We invite proposals for a collection of essays on the subject of Digital Death: Mortality and Beyond in the Online Age. This proposed book, co-edited by Christopher M. Moreman and A. David Lewis, will consist of 12-15 chapters representing a diversity of perspectives and approaches to the subject. We are seeking submissions for new writing from scholars across a spectrum of fields, including religious studies, theology, media studies, digital humanities, and any other area that explores the topic of death and dying in a digital environment, with reference to religion and/or the study of religion.

Digital Death includes analyses of mortality, remembrances, grieving, posthumous existence, and afterlife experience via a variety of digital media (e.g. Facebook & social media, World of Warcraft & video games, YouTube & video services, internet memorials, etc.). We invite proposals for papers of excellent academic merit on any topic and from any academic perspective or discipline.
Proposals should include a 200-300 word abstract, a one-page C.V., and potential titles for the chapter, submitted to by Oct. 1, 2013; complete 5000-7000-word drafts in Chicago format of accepted abstracts will be due by December 1st, 2013.

For full PDF invite please visit:

Welcome to digital death

‘Since it’s creation in the late 1960s, the internet, has been a wealth of easily accessible information on any topic, a useful tool. However in recent years, it’s status as a ‘tool’ for knowledge extraction has been far surpassed. The internet has become an engaging space where people choose to spend time; socializing, buying, selling and living. The movement of the internet from informational navigation tool to a community marks a new form of social phenomenon.’

Although describing the internet as a ‘community’ is certainly not groundbreaking, this word, this ‘community,’ was my spark and continues to be central to my research into virtuality. I observe, firstly my own immersion in the digital world, with the hope of extrapolating some of 'the complex interrelations between a person's personal computer and their digital self.’

This blog will hopefully give you an insight into my head and how I have become fascinated by the socio-virtual space, divulging into areas of the digital world, I have termed:

Digital Death, Digital Afterlife and Digital Heritage.