I have had the privilege of being the editor-in-chief of the spring issue of Thanatos, which has been a theme issue of internet and death. When I took the job last autumn, I realised it would require a huge amount of work exactly the same time as I would be doing the final revisions for my own thesis, but I always seem to overestimate my ability to multitask and think of myself as a superwoman. *grin* No, not really, I knew I would have time to work with the writers, since I also had an amazing editorial board to work with me.
This was my second time working as the editor-in-chief, and much easier than the first time in 2012. The call for abstracts reached fascinating projects and talented people all around the world, and from PhD students to professors. It also showed the need for this type of theme issue, and there will be another published about the presentations from the Death Online Conference held in Durham in April. Interesting times!
More interesting times ahead for myself, since I will be defending my own thesis 8th of August at the University Consortium of Pori. The defence is open for public, so feel free to attend! Pori is located on the West coast of Finland and accessible by train or by bus (for example 3,5hrs from Helsinki). Since I am a digital culture scientist, I will try to broadcast the entire defence online via Bambuser or something similar. More details will be announced closer to the event. The thesis will be also published online, and yes, it is in English for you all who do not have the pleasure of knowing Finnish.
Without further ado, below is the official announcement of the spring issue, enjoy!
In this spring issue of Thanatos, we portray a wide collection of on-going research from across the globe. Digital technologies – or as in this case mostly internet applications – are being appropriated in various ways to mourn and honor the memory of loved ones and in coping with the difficult emotions caused by loss and bereavement. The current internet, the Web 2.0, can be described as social since the most popular websites currently used focus in the self-produced content of individuals who share pictures, moments, memories and stories of their everyday lives. Experiences related to death – both as a social and cultural moment – are also produced in various ways, such as in memorial websites, memorial videos, memorialised profile pages and shrines in virtual worlds. In this context, the social internet provides solace and comfort despite geographical or time distances, as well as a private space to explore social and cultural taboos, such as abortion or suicide.
The theme issue of Thanatos, “Death, mourning and the internet: death cultures in web environments”, brings together scholars from sociology, anthropology, communication sciences, digital culture, design and psychology in a collection of three articles, three research reports and five research reviews (along with two book reviews), which illuminate fascinating thematics on mourning online.
We wish you enjoy the issue!
The Finnish Death Studies Association (FDSA) was founded March 28th 2011 in Helsinki by scholars interested in the field of thanatological research. The aim was to create an organization that could create a more public interdisciplinary dialogue about death and dying in Finnish society. More about us: http://www.kuolemantutkimus.com.
Thanatos (www.thanatos-journal.com) is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary and a scientific web-journal published by the Finnish Death Studies Association. We publish twice a year a journal that consists of articles, short and long research reports, book reviews, columns and seminar reports. The primary publication language is Finnish, but we do accept manuscripts in English and Swedish as well, however, the costs of proofreading are the responsibility of the author. The journal is peer-reviewed, which means we use fellow scholars in determing the potentiality of the manuscript for publication.
With kind regards,