Extract from the program paper:
Our physical and social deaths are becoming increasingly entangled within the webs of our technologically mediated lives. Scholarly thinking about this intersection between contemporary human death, technologies, media, loss and commemoration has been a growing area for interdisciplinary study. Since the seminal and explorative work of Bos (1995) and Sofka (1997), it has attracted interest from researchers in a range of disciplines, including the social sciences, media studies, anthropology, psychology, medicine, as well as computing, design, art and creative practice. There often is deep engagement with individuals and communities, as well as care and service providers. Through this work important insights and innovative responses to the use, design and implementation of technologies and services at the end of human life are emerging.
The Futures of the End of Life Symposium opens up a space to explore changing practices of dying, loss and commemoration. It seeks to formally foster knowledge co-creation and collaborative co-production of socio-technical configurations of old and new technologies, services and practices.