[Air-L] Call for Abstracts: Death, mourning and the internet (Thanatos vol. 3 1/2014)

chris badowski chrisbadowski at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 21 19:53:02 PST 2013

It's very interesting that this Call comes just as I found a news article today on this very topic:

Does Facebook need a cemetery?

Christine Badowski
North Central College
MALS 2014 expected
Thesis: "The Virtual Line in the Sand: Consequences of New Media on College Admissions and Job Applications of Digital Natives" 


On Thu, 11/21/13, Anna E. Haverinen <aehaverinen at gmail.com> wrote:

 Subject: [Air-L] Call for Abstracts: Death, mourning and the internet (Thanatos vol. 3 1/2014)
 To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
 Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 12:21 AM
 Sorry for cross posting, please
 Anna Haverinen
 Digital Culture, University of Turku, Finland
 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Thanatos vol. 3 1/2014
 Theme issue: Death, mourning and the internet
 Computer and mobile technologies have now provided a new
 space and medium
 to connect and share at the time of loss and bereavement.
 People seek out
 for places of ritualised actions, such as lighting candles,
 eulogies, visit memorials during anniversaries and feeling
 the sense of
 community at the time of loss. Internet provides a new space
 for rituals,
 feeling of co-presence and communality, where memorials are
 being erected
 in various online environments.
 This new way of expressing mourning and honoring are rising
 questions about value, family, identity, friendship and
 love. Who is
 allowed to create a virtual memorial? Who has access and
 ownership to the
 material we leave online? Is it only the young people, the
 Web 2.0
 generation,and the digital natives, who are appropriating
 technology to cope with loss and bereavement? What are the
 problems of
 using the internet in hospice care? How virtuality, death
 and/or the after
 world are being conceptualised through the Web?
 Thanatos (www.thanatos-journal.com) is a peer-reviewed,
 and a scientific webjournal published by the Finnish Death
 Association (www.kuolemantutkimus.com). We publish twice a
 year a journal
 that consists of articles, short and long research reports,
 book reviews,
 columns and seminar reports. The primary publication
 language is Finnish,
 but we do accept manuscripts in English and Swedish as well,
 however, the
 costs of proofreading are the responsibility of the author.
 We now invite abstracts in English, Swedish or Finnish (max
 400 words) for
 articles (max 8000 words) and research reports (max 5000
 words) from the
 following example themes:
 • Digital afterlife
 • Internet and hospice care
 • Space and spatiality in virtual memorials
 • Identity and virtual memorials
 • Online memorials and heritage
 • Memorials and online gaming
 • Death and Facebook
 • Memorial videos in Youtube (Vimeo etc.)
 • Online funerals
 The above mentioned topics are only examples and we
 encourage you to send
 your own ideas as well. Abstracts are to be sent to
 anna.haverinen at utu.fiby
 3rd of January 2014.
 • 3.1.2014: Abstract deadlines (max 400 words)
 • 28.2.2014: Full manuscript deadlines (articles max 8000
 words, research
 reports max 5000 words)
 • 15.4.2014: Writers receive referee and editorial
 comments on their first
 • 31.5.2014: Deadline for second drafts
 • June/July: Journal publication
 The head editor of the first issue in 2014 will be doctoral
 student of
 digital culture, Anna Haverinen (M. Phil.), who has studied
 memorials and online death rituals extensively since 2007 in
 her thesis
 "Virtual Memorials - death and mourning rituals in online
 (Forthcoming, 2014).
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