Dying in the Digital Age: social technologies at end of life
09 June 2012
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute (BRLSI), Bath
£45 including lunch
This conference will look specifically at social technologies at the end of life, with papers exploring subjects such as 'Dying, anthropology and new communication media', 'SRY U R dyin:-(' and 'Technologies for bequeathing of digital assets'. It is open to all, and will be of particular interest to those working in health & social care, death & dying studies, computer science and HCI as well as scholars of culture, media and literature, software developers and entrepreneurs and those themselves nearing the end of their lives.
The 2011 CDAS Conference, Death & Dying in the Digital Age, was possibly the first ever to bring together computer scientists and death studies researchers. Reflecting the literature, the most coherent body of the 2011 papers referred to post-death phenomena, specifically digital mourning and legacy, and a selection of those papers will appear in a special issue of Bereavement Care in spring 2012.
By contrast, research into how digital technologies affect the interactions and experiences of those near the end of life – the frail elderly, the terminally ill – is much more limited and fragmented. Considerable research has been done on technologies to sustain people’s physical wellbeing toward the end of life, but very little on technologies to sustain their social lives.
A booking form and provisional programme can be downloaded from the CDAS website.
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