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Saturday, March 9 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Platforms for Haunting: The Talking Dead

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The relationship between death and technology is as old as human civilisation; from cenotaph to facebook memorial, industries have been built on our desire to remember and be remembered. Technology now enables us to create spine-chilling immersive experiences; allowing us to embody the worlds of our ancestors, enter our ghost stories and even plan a little post-mortem haunting ourselves. We want to move the conversation beyond discussions of data legacy to ask whether we can engender a new form of history, one that allows us to interact with the dead.
Bringing together experts in human remains, memorialisation and new technology this Panel will explore our relationship with mortality in a digital age. The discussion will draw on recent projects which have used new technology to augment cemeteries, populate historic sites with ghosts of their past and instigate twitter conversations with a 1,610 year old woman.
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Tim Cole

Sr Lecturer in Social HistoryUniversity of BristolTim Cole is Professor of Social History at the University of Bristol. His research interests are in landscapes of history and memory. He is particularly interested in Holocaust landscapes, and has written widely on the histories, geographies... Read More →
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Lucy Heywood

Co-Artistic DirStand + Stare CollectiveLucy Heywood is Co-Artistic Director of Stand + Stare, an immersive theatre and interactive design company. She and her brother Barney Heywood create automated experiences, often based on archival material, and immersive performances. They are... Read More →
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David Kirk

Sr Lecturer in Experience Centred DesignCulture LabDr. David Kirk is Senior Lecturer in Experience-Centred Design at Newcastle University, UK. His research is in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) studying the design of interactive (computational) technologies.
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John Troyer

Deputy DirThe Centre for Death and SocietyDr. John Troyer is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. His interdisciplinary research focuses on contemporary memorialisation practices, concepts of spatial historiography, and the dead body’s... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Radisson Town Lake, Town Lake Ballroom