February 9, 2012

Call for Papers: Dying in the Digital Age

CDAS Conference 2012: Dying in the Digital Age

09-10 June 2012

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute (BRLSI), Bath, UK

The University of Bath’s Centre for Death & Society (CDAS) announces its 2012 summer conference. Our conference last year, 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 concerned 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.

So for 2012 we invite papers that look at digital technologies that enhance the social wellbeing of those nearing the end of life. Topics can include, but are not limited to, the modelling, development or use of technologies that promote social inclusion, blogs, social networking, health & social care technologies, narrative analysis, etc. Our aim is to bring together the fragmented research and knowledge in this area.

Twenty-minute papers are invited from computer scientists, system engineers, formal modellers, HCI specialists; social scientists and death studies researchers; scholars of culture, media and literature; health and care professionals; software developers & entrepreneurs; and those themselves nearing the end of their life. Abstracts (up to 250 words) to be emailed to cdas@bath.ac.uk by 12 March 2012.

The conference will be held in the centre of the world heritage city of Bath, in the amenable surroundings of the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute (car park nearby, Bath Spa station 10 minutes walk, Bristol Airport 1 hour). The cost, £45 for a single day, £80 for the weekend, includes lunch and refreshments. There will be opportunities to socialise over a drink on Friday evening or meal on Saturday evening (neither included in price). There is plentiful accommodation nearby, which delegates need to arrange for themselves.

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