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.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

DORS2015: Full Programme & Poster

The 2nd International Death Online Research Symposium is fast approaching and we are all feeling the buzz of excitement and looking forward to meeting all the people we have been in contact with over the past months!

Here is the conference poster and full conference programme.

DORS2015_CONFERENCEPROGRAMME_web

We also have a facebook page & Twitter @death0nline

Register for this conference via Eventbrite

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

2nd International Death Online Research Symposium

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University London
Monday, 17 August 2015 at 09:00 - Tuesday, 18 August 2015 at 18:00 (BST) Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom

Symposium Information

Digital technologies of communication constitute increasingly omnipresent technologies of life as well as death that structure contemporary forms of sociability, flows of affect and meaning-making.

Following the successful first Death Online Research Symposium at the University of Durham, the second two-day symposium will be held at Kingston University London in August 17th-18th 2015. It will consolidate the links between existing and new members of the network and provide opportunities for the discussion of ongoing and new orientations in the interdisciplinary field of death online.

The meeting will explore how we invest death-related practices with meaning in digital convergent media, social media artifacts and networks with a focus on familiar, reconfigured and emergent types of content, contexts, new (mass media) audiences, usage patterns, and embodied forms of experience and expression.

To Attend this event CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Material Environments: Sensing Time and Matter in Digital and Visual Culture

Call for Papers

July 24th-25th 2015 University of Greenwich, London


This conference seeks to explore the points of intersection at which the material and the digital, matter and the virtual, and embodiment and posthumanism push against each other in visual media. Through encounters with cinema, artist’s film and video, installations, and online archives, the aim of the conference is to conceive of new relationships between temporality, materiality and affectivity, tracing the ways in which matter becomes meaningful, or comes to resist meaning, in the digital age. We hope to illuminate the new ways in which digital experiences allow us to think and sense matter and materiality, while reassessing the role of non-digital media in this equation. The conference will trace the implications of the posthuman turn in the humanities, understood as encompassing a variety of non-anthropocentric approaches, on our understanding of matter and affect in visual culture.


The Conference particularly welcomes papers that explore the following:


• the relationship between image and environment, the materiality of filmed nature, and the ‘ecological turn’ in theory and philosophy


• non-anthropocentric and posthuman approaches to visual media, particularly as they affect our understanding of materiality, mortality, and ethics


• the relationship between posthumanism, materiality and embodiment


• the ways in which the digital has reconfigured our understanding of temporality, spatiality, memory and archiving


• the impact of the digital on engagements with non-linear storytelling and locative narratives.


Confirmed keynote speakers:


Professor Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths, University of London http://www.joannazylinska.net/

Professor David Martin-Jones, University of Glasgowhttp://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/cca/staff/davidmartin-jones/

Dr Felicity Colman, Manchester School of Art http://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/profile/fcolman


Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by 18th April 2015 to calls[AT]timadi.org with ‘Material Environments’ in the subject line.

This Conference is sponsored by the ‘Time, Materiality and the Digital’ (TiMaDi) research group at the University of Greenwich, and organised by Matilda Mroz, Isil Onol, Stacey Pitsillides, and Rosamund Davies.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

2nd International Death Online Research Symposium


Call for papers

Digital technologies of communication constitute increasingly omnipresent technologies of life as well as death that structure contemporary forms of sociability, flows of affect and meaning-making.

Following the successful first Death Online Research Symposium at the University of Durham, which marked the formation of the network, the second two-day symposium to be held at Kingston University London in August 17th-18th 2015 will consolidate the links between existing and new members of the network and provide opportunities for the discussion of ongoing and new orientations in the interdisciplinary field of death online.

The meeting will explore how we invest death-related practices with meaning in digital convergent media, social media artifacts and networks with a focus on familiar, reconfigured and emergent types of content, contexts, new (mass media) audiences, usage patterns, and embodied forms of experience and expression.

We invite abstracts for oral presentations of recent or ongoing research addressing any of the following themes:

-       digitally mediated dying and narrative
-       digitally mediated grieving and memorialising
-       digitally mediated mourning and flows of affect
-       death online and embodied experience
-       digital afterlife, post-mortem identity and digital legacy
-       technological developments in the death care industry

In addition, we welcome expressions of interest for the screening of short films or the performance of creative pieces related to the themes of the symposium. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and we envisage publication of selected full papers in a special issue of an academic journal in the field as well as a collection of writing from the symposium in an open-access online platform.

Important information
Submission format:  300 word abstract
Submission deadline:   March 20th, 2015
Submission feedback:  April 20th, 2015

All submissions and enquiries should be submitted to: deathonline2@gmail.com
marked “Death Online Symposium Submission” in the subject field. Please include full contact info (author name, university affiliation and email address) in the submission. Submissions will be anonymised by the organisers before review.

Review Committee
Dr Korina Giaxoglou, Kingston University, London
Stacey Pitsillides, University of Greenwich, London
Associate Professor Lisbeth Klastrup, IT-University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Associate Professor Stine Gotved, IT-University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Associate Professor Dorthe Refslund Christensen, University of Aarhus, Denmark