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Death Online Research Network

About DORN

Digital media are now integral to death, grief and memory, from personal illness blogs and live-streamed funerals to online support groups and virtual memorials. Studying death online involves attention to cultural change, identity performances, social bonding, legal matters, design innovations, business opportunities and more. 

The Death Online Research Network was founded in Copenhagen in 2013 to encourage international collaboration and conversation around the study of death and digital media. In order to establish a strong research network and influence the field of research, DORN has articulated the following goals:

  • To gather the academic work already done in this area
  • To support the necessary interdisciplinarity in dealing with death online
  • To support a digital platform (initially Facebook) for network communication 
  • To encourage subgroups to cooperate on projects, papers, panels, and publications
  • To arrange physical symposiums to encourage knowledge sharing and cooperation.
  • To arrange ph.d. workshops and, in other ways, support young scholars in the field.

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Call for papers:

DORS5: The IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, May 27 – 29 2020

The fifth Death Online Research Symposium (DORS#5) take place at The IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, May 27th-29th, 2020. The symposium will consolidate the links between existing and new members of the network and provide opportunities for the discussion of ongoing and new orientations in the academic and interdisciplinary field of death online. The meeting will explore methods, challenges and interdisciplinary convergences in Death Online research and practice. We warmly welcome new members to the network as well as old friends. 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Jayne Wallace, Northumbria University, UK

Associate Professor Carsten Stage, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Important information:

Submission format: 300 word abstract

Submission deadline: October 1st, 2019

Submission feedback: November 1st, 2019

Registration open: December 1st, 2019


DORN on Facebook

The Death Online Research Network is also active on Facebook, where we share ideas /articles...

If you wish to join our closed Facebook group, please contact Dorthe Refslund Christensen.