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We invite paper proposals for a  panel on the intersection and paradoxical connection between the technological advancements in regards to extending and maintaining human life and the accompanying increase in the use of technology to create space/platforms for mourning practices and expressions of grief. Are humans immortalized by and through these technologies? If so, how? How do these technologies affect the experience and expression of grief? How do these technologies affect perceptions of the afterlife or the beyond? How does transhumanism as an emerging field speak to, intersect with, affect death and dying studies? Ethics within death and dying? How has/might religious practice change to incorporate technology (e.g. especially if you exist forever within an online platform)?

Co-Chairs:

Candi K. Cann, candi_cann@baylor.edu

Amy Michelle DeBaets, Amy.debaets@gmail.com

Amy Defibaugh, amy.defibaugh@temple.edu

Calvin Mercer, mercerc@ecu.edu