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13/03/2017

The Third "Death Online Research Symposium"

The third "Death Online Research Symposium" took place in March 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark. 

I attended the two previous symposiums but unfortunately could'nt attend this one and therefore can't deliver a detailed summary of it as I did with the previous two (2014 Day 1, Day 2, 2015 Day 1, Day 2). 

I bring the programme here even though I wasn't there in person as one of the ways to see where Digital Death is heading is to look at who the speakers are and which subjects they present, research and are interested in. 

Day 1 

Keynote speaker:
Michael Hviid Jacobsen, professor, Aalborg University, DK: "Beyond Ariès - Contours of 'Spectacular Death'"


Paper Session: "Death and Society. Negotiating social agencies and relations". Speakers: 
  • Johanna Sumiala, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Anu Harju, Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland
  • Arnar Arnason, Aberdeen University, Scotland, UK
  • Piergiorgio Degli Esposti, SDE Sociology and Business Law Department University of Bologna, Italy
Keynote speaker:
Connor Graham, Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow, National University of Singapore: "Human Mortality Humanness, Online Life and Death"


Paper Session. Speakers:
  • Tobias Raun, University of Roskilde, DK
  • Anders Gustavsson, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Lisbeth Frølunde, Roskilde University, DK
  • Luke van Ryn, University of Melbourne, Australia


Day 2 

Keynote speaker:
Jed Brubaker, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder: "
Postmortem Interaction"


Paper Session. Speakers:
  • Carsten Stage, Aarhus University, DK & Tina Thode Hougaard, Aarhus University, DK
  • David Myles, University of Montreal and University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada
  • Dorthe Refslund Christensen, Aarhus University, DK, & Kjetil Sandvik, University of Copenhagen, DK
  • Ylva Haard af Segerstad, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Keynote speaker:  
Annett Markham, Professor MSO of Information Studies, School for Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark: "Methods as Ethics: Challenges for studying death online"

Day 3

Paper Session. Speakers:
  • Paula Kiel, London School of Economics and Political Science; London, UK.
  • Jo Bell, University of Hull, UK
  • Stine Gotved, IT University, Copenhagen, DK.
  • Sharon Greenfield, RMIT University, Australia.
Plenary panel: ”Existential Terrains: Memory and Meaning in Cultures of Connectivity”, Dept. of Media Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden: "The Existential Terrains of Gender and Death Online"

Speakers:
  • Amanda Lagerkvist, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Timothy Hutchings, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Michael Westerlund, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Katya Linden, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Charles Ess, University of Oslo, Norway

Plenary discussion and wrap up: "Addressing challenges in the academic study of Death Online / Future Dreams and Fantasies of the network". 

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