CfP – Futures of the End of Life: Mobilities of Loss and Commemoration in the Digital Economy
21-22 January Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster University, UK
This two-day symposium brings together critically and creatively engaged perspectives on how our physical and social deaths are becoming increasingly entangled within the webs of our technologically mediated lives. The aim is to address technologies not as passive tools but as configurations that emerge out of complex, socially situated design, development and appropriation processes.
Paul Coulton, Professor of Speculative and Game Design, Lancaster University; Selina Ellis Gray, PhD, Lancaster University; Fiorenza Gamba, Associate Professor of Sociology, Sapienza University of Rome; Wendy Moncur, Reader in Socio-Digital Interaction, Dundee University; Stacey Pitsillides, Lecturer in Design, Goldsmith’s University of London; Corina Sas, Senior Lecturer in Computing, Lancaster University; Linda Woodhead, Professor of Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University;
Call for Papers/Participation:
We invite contributions that bring analytical, critical, practice-based and creative insights to the use, design and development of technologies entangled at the end of life. Theoretical, empirical, practical and design or art-based research and approaches are welcome.
Themes may include:
The digital economies of death, dying, commemoration and loss
Dying online or digital mediations of death
Personalization and hybridization of rituals, digital memorialization, mourning practices
Digital afterlives, agency and the social presence of the dead
Digital remains, digital legacy or peri or post mortem data
The multiple physical, informational, imaginative mobilities of death, loss and memory
The multiplying temporalities of practices, memories, experiences
Methodological considerations, e.g. ethics, privacy, value sensitive design
Please submit a 300 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org. For artworks or design proposals we also invite examples of practice, images or sketches. Please include full contact information, name, affiliation and email address in the submission. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Submission Deadline: 14th December 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 21st December 2015
Registration by 4th January 2016
Full programme and more information: http://wp.lancs.
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