As I enter into my second year of my degree, I am making professional efforts networking, writing and hopefully publishing. This year will see me applying for a fellowship in digital humanities, and a position on the board of directors for an academic organization. Yet what I need to do, and do more of is write. Here I am. Over the next few months I will be writing about death, dying and my academic journey.
Today I thought I would introduce my topic, and announce the launching of a great project I helped found. My academic focus is on modes of digital death and religion. I am researching the increasingly prevalent practice of mourning online, as individuals (in the West) communicate with the dead through social media profiles and online memorials. I am particularly interested in the philosophical and ethical issues that will arise as digital representations become increasingly realistic, and when those representations disappear.
In my spare time, I am the managing editor and writer for TalkDeath.com. TalkDeath’s mission is to encourage positive and constructive conversations around death and dying. I would urge you to visit the website, learn about the death positive movement, and follow our social media.