CfP Memorial Publics workshop

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

Organisers: Larissa Hjorth (RMIT); Margaret Gibson (Griffith); Bjorn Nansen (Melbourne)


Cost: free


Description: This one-day pre-conference workshop, supported by the Death Online Research Network, the DeathTech Research Network at the University of Melbourne, and the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, aims to bring together a diverse range of scholars working across the many disciplines with an interest in the intersection of death, media, and public memorialising. In keeping with the theme of the 70th annual ICA conference, the workshop aims to support openness of communication through an interdisciplinary approach, and through an inclusive format of short presentations followed by lengthy discussions around emerging and innovative research methods and issues in the field of death and media and communications research. The focus of the workshop is centred on questions of openness in the public engagement around communicating and memorialising the deceased across digital platforms, and in the mediation of public spaces by digital and mobile technologies. Across the diverse places and spaces in which the dead are remembered and memorialised, increasingly tricky questions are emerging around the norms, protocols, and practices of memorial publics, including questions of access, obligation, trust and ethics, which this workshop will explore. We welcome submissions from methodological, theoretical and empirical inquiries that examine memorial publics.

Submitting your abstract: Please submit your abstract of 300-500 words to

Contributors will be selected by peer-review and notified by February 1, 2020. Authors are expected to attend the preconference and present in person.

To register, participants should follow the instructions here.

Key dates

* 20 January 2020: Deadline for abstract submission

* 1 February 2020: Corresponding authors notified of decisions

* 1 May 2020: Conference registrations close

* 19 May 2020: Pre-conference starts in Brisbane