University of Maryland

[Call for Papers] First Death Online Research Symposium

December 12th, 2013 by

First Death Online Research Symposium, April 9th and 10th, 2014
Center for Life and Death Studies, University of Durham, England

Important information
Submission format: 400 word abstract
Submission deadline:  January 5th, 2014
Submission feedback: January 20th, 2014

All submissions and enquiries should be submitted to:
marked “Death Online Symposium Submission” in the subject field.

As digital media have become an integral part of our everyday life, so have also death and our afterlife become inextricably interwoven with technology.  Marking the formation of an international research network within the field, the first Death Online Research Symposium will focus on current research into the digital mediation of dying, death, mourning and personal legacy, in order to explore and discuss how online connectivity is changing how, when and where we engage with death.

Confirmed keynote speaker at the symposium will be Professor Tony Walters, Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath.

For the symposium, we invite presentations of ongoing or recently completed research within the following areas:  memorial sites online; explorations of new ways of grieving though social media;  the use of mobile technologies in graveyards;  and the discussion of pertinent problems related to the digital afterlife and people’s digital inheritance.  In addition, we welcome other relevant perspectives on the impact digital technology has on everyday practices in the context of death in the 21st century.

We expect papers to be presented in either one or two tracks, pending on the number of submissions. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and full papers will, following the conference, be published in an institutional context.


Papers will be reviewed by an international committee consisting of:

Professor Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago, US
Dr. Tim Hutchings, University of Durham, England
Associate Professor Lisbeth Klastrup, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Associate Professor Dorthe Refslund Christensen, University of Aarhus,

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to join, at