Dialog Box

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The focus of this presentation will be to outline some of the key issues surrounding death in the digital age. This will include a critical overview of how people mourn, commemorate and interact with the dead through digital media.

The presenters will briefly map the historical and shifting landscape of digital death by considering a range of social, commercial and institutional responses to technological innovations. Discussion will centre around multiple digital platforms through a number of case studies drawn from Australia, North America and Europe.

Through these case studies they will offer fresh insight and analysis into emerging practices through which digital technologies are used to mourn, commemorate and interact with the dead.

You won’t want to miss this 21st century overview of death and social media.
Dr Martin Gibbs

Dr Martin Gibbs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne.

Research interests 

  • The Media Ecology of the Home
  • Gaming (digital and tabletop) communities
  • Digital commemoration 

Dr Bjorn Nansen

Dr Bjorn Nansen is a senior lecturer in Media and Communications at The University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Research Unit in Public Cultures (RUPC) within the Faculty of Arts, and a member of the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (SocialNUI) in the Faculty of Engineering.

Research interests 

  • Digital media and communications technologies, computer interaction and network culture in the contexts of household, family and everyday life. Utilising a range of ethnographic, online and visual research methods, his interests include technology adoption and use/non-use, home media environments, young children’s digital culture, mobile and tangible media, and interface studies. 
  • He currently holds an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), to study young children’s use of mobile and interactive media. 
Drinks, nibbles and networking follow this free event.
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Michael Chamberlain Lecture Theatre, Building E – Aikenhead Wing
St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, 41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy Victoria 3065

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Public transport


Trams that stop at the corner of Nicholson Street and Victoria Parade are:
86   Bundoora RMIT – Waterfront City Docklands
96   East Brunswick – St Kilda Beach


Buses that stop near St Vincent’s on Victoria Parade include:
340  City – La Trobe University via freeway (all stops)
350  City – La Trobe University via freeway (limited stops)
402  Footscray – East Melbourne via North Melbourne
684  Eildon – Melbourne via Lilydale Station

Trains/ Walking

The closest station to St Vincent’s is Parliament Station, a 10 minute walk from our Fitzroy campus across Victoria Parade. Any city loop train can be taken to Parliament station.

Trams including the 109, 112, 86 and 96 stop near Parliament Station and will drop you at our Fitzroy campus.

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Car parking

Parking is available in:

The St Vincent’s underground car park located beneath the Main Hospital building, accessed via Fitzroy Street off Victoria Parade. A lift from the car park goes directly to the foyer of the main hospital building. Operating hours are 6.30am to 10.30pm (Mon to Sun), Tel: (03) 9288 479

The St Vincent’s multi-storey car park located behind St Vincent’s & Mercy Private Hospital, accessed via Fitzroy Street off Victoria Parade. Operating hours are 6.30am to 10.30pm (Mon to Sun), Tel: (03) 9288 4799

There are metered parking spaces in the streets near the hospital. Council parking officers are vigilant in the streets around the hospital, so please note the parking restrictions.


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