Small funerals, online memorials and grieving from afar: the coronavirus is changing how we care for the dead

The team has a new article out in The Conversation discussing the transformation of death rites in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The coronavirus is not only affecting the way we live, it’s also dramatically affecting the way we die.In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that funerals would be limited to a maximum…

CfP Memorial Publics: A workshop on innovative research methods and emerging issues in public communication around the dead and their memorials

Date: Tuesday 19 May, 9:00am-5:00pm Location: Brisbane Australia, The Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith U Southbank Campus Sponsoring ICA Division: Popular Communication Organizers: Larissa Hjorth (RMIT); Margaret Gibson (Griffith); Bjorn Nansen (Melbourne) Contact: nansenb@unimelb.edu.au Cost: free Website: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020PrePostconf Description: This one-day pre-conference workshop, supported by the Death Online Research Network, the DeathTech…

On Optimism and Death: Public Program for Exhibition @ Margaret Lawrence Gallery

This October, DeathTech Research Team member Tamara Kohn participated in a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism. Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism is a curated exhibition of Australian and international contemporary art presented across two sites, Gertrude Contemporary and the Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the Victorian College of…

Dead Calm @ Wheeler Centre

In September, Bjorn Nansen participated in a round table discussion on "Memorials" in the series of talks, Dead Calm: Honest Conversations About Death hosted by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. The series aims to "set aside the euphemism, and tackle the taboos head-on" by bringing together diverse voices of scholars, community activists, artists, and writers.  The discussion…