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Digital legacy: designing with things

Digital legacy: designing with things

Pitsillides, Stacey ORCID: 0000-0003-0961-5370 (2019) Digital legacy: designing with things. Death Studies, 43 (7). pp. 426-434. ISSN 0748-1187 (Print), 1091-7683 (Online) (doi:

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This paper explores how theories of things can create new forms of agency for the dead. It considers how meaning is constructed through the use or translation of our diverse collections and environments online. These memorials and rituals offer a plurality of narratives, experiences and aesthetics, which have the potential to give a wider scope for constructing a durable biography after death. The paper draws conceptual links between digital and physical materials and aims to expand interdisciplinary discourse around the way design can create new forms of legacy through rethinking the role of digital things in our lives.

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Additional Information: This paper is part of a Special issue of Death Studies Journal on the topic of "Futures of Digital Death: Mobilities of Loss and Commemoration." This special issue stems from The Futures of the End of Life Symposium at Lancaster University and includes contributions that bring analytical, critical, practice-based and creative insights to the use, design and development of technologies entangled at the end of life.
Uncontrolled Keywords: design, digital legacy, things, agency, narrative
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2020 01:38

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