Dying in the Digital Age 2012

Dying in the Digital Age 2012

09-10 June 2012
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute (BRLSI), Bath

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 physical well being 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 well being 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 University of Bath Centre for Death & Society (CDAS) has extensive
contacts in death studies, palliative care, the funeral industry,
gerontology, and computer science, and is in a unique position to promote
engagement between computer sciences and death studies.

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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