Apply to speak at the Digital Legacy Conference 2018
The call for speakers is now open. We encourage academics, professionals, patients and those innovating within relevant fields to apply. Relevant fields include legal, wills and probate, funeral, technology, palliative, health and social care.
Please only apply to speak at this year’s conference if you are able to present in Siena College, Albany New York on the 27th October between 10.30am – 5pm.
Applicants will be informed by email as to whether or not they have been selected in early September 2018.
Confirmed speakers (organisers)
⇝ James Norris
James Norris is founder the Digital Legacy Association, The Digital Legacy Conference and DeadSocial. James’ goal is to help raise awareness and provide support around digital end of life planning. James and his work been featured in a range of publications and TV shows ranging from BBC Click to Jon Richardson’s Ultimate Worrier. His work has also featured on the Queen Latififa Show, Joan Bakewells, We Need to Talk about Death the Wall Street Journal and many more. James is also a guest lecturer at University College London (UCL) and sits on various healthcare, social care and legal steering groups.
⇝ Dr. Carla Sofka
Dr. Carla Sofka is a Professor of Social Work at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. A former medical and hospice social worker, she has been teaching death education courses since 1993. Carla coined the term “thanatechnology” in 1996 to describe the role that online resources were playing in death education and grief counseling and co-edited the book Dying, Death, and Grief in an Online Universe (Springer, 2012). She has presented her research internationally and has published book chapters and journal articles about her research on the role of digital and social media in coping with life threatening illness, impending death, and grief as well the topic of digital immortality. Her current research focuses on digital survivor advocacy as a strategy for coping with tragedy. Carla served as president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling from 2011-2012.
Our previous speakers include
Over the last four years we have welcomed a range of incredible speakers and showcased poets, artists and creatives working within the digital legacy and digital assets sectors.
⇝ Dr Mayur Lakhani
Dr Mayur Lakhani is working GP and chair of the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) / Dying Matters. Mayer is currently standing for Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) president. Mayer’s election manifesto can be viewed here.
⇝ Dr Mark Taubert
Dr Mark Taubert is a hospital consultant specializing in palliative medicine. In this role, he sees and treats people who have life-limiting conditions like cancer, lung diseases and neurodegenerative conditions, to name just some examples. He and his teams in Cardiff provide symptom control and emotional support services to those who need it most in the last years of their lives. This inevitably means that he talks about death and dying a lot, and has found that people have the most fascinating views and stories on this topic. Perhaps contrary to what might be expected, patients and their relatives hardly ever find these discussions depressing or dreary, but rather find it reassuring to be able to ask sometimes very open questions about this important part of life. Mark is Clinical Director for palliative care services at Velindre NHS Trust in Cardiff and is also a non-executive director for DeadSocial.
⇝ Ian Bond
Ian the deputy chair of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee which promotes improvements in the law and procedure relating to wills, probate, trusts and charities and to development initiatives in those areas. Ian is also a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Law Society’s Wills & Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) which provides a quality standard for wills, probate and estate administration practices in England & Wales. Ian has contributed a number of chapters to the forthcoming Law Society Publication “the Probate Practitioners Handbook” 7th Edition as well as writing and lecturing on key issues relating to wills and probate for the legal profession. Ian is a partner in Higgs & Sons a leading Black Country law firm.
⇝ Jack Rooke
Jack Rooke is a comedian, performer and campaigner from Watford. He hosts the award-winning stand-up poetry night Bang Said The Gun and The Guardian Literary Institute at Camp Bestival. After being featured on BBC Radio 1’s ‘Guide To Happiness’ documentary, he is now Radio 1’s resident on-air expert in bereavement, and is a resident artist of The Roundhouse and Soho Theatre’s Comedy Lab. He has written for The Independent, Cosmopolitan and Channel 4, and is the Deputy Editor of culture/lifestyle magazine The CALMzine, which raises awareness of male suicide prevention charity CALM.
⇝ Evan Carroll
⇝ Dr Korina Giaxoglou
Dr Korina Giaxoglou is Senior Lecturer in English Language & Communication at Kingston University London where she leads the MA by Research Programme in Linguistics as well as undergraduate modules on sociolinguistics, language & emotion, discourse & social media, and workplace communication. Her research interests lie at the interface of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology with a special focus on narrative and affect in traditional and contemporary practices of mourning. Her PhD thesis (King’s College London, 2008) proposed a framework for the analysis of Maniat-Greek laments as ethnopoetic narratives. Her current research focuses on sharing practices of death and mourning on social media. She is a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (Special Interest Groups: Language & New Media, Health and science communication: applied linguistics perspectives), the American Anthropological Association, the Modern Greek Studies Association and the International Death Online Research Network.
⇝ Andréia Martins
Andréia Martins has a Bachelor Degree in Social Communication with emphasis on Journalism (2009), and a Masters in Anthropology (2013) from the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil. She has been awarded a Graduate School Scholarship to be able to do her PhD at the University of Bath, started in September 2014. Her research is about the Virtual Wakes, a subject she has presented on conferences throughout Europe and Latin America during her Masters. Andréia has also worked as a reporter for a news website (2013-14) and as a communication advisor for a Human Rights NGO (2009-14), both in the city of João Pessoa, Brazil.
Olly Clabburn is a Graduate Teaching Assistant/PhD Student in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Edge Hill University. Since graduating in 2012 from Lancaster University with a BSc (Hons) Psychology in Education, he has worked closely with various young carers’ support groups and assisted in establishing New Zealand’s first young carers’ network. He also has a background in researching the implications of young people caring for a parent with MND and their subsequent bereavement.
⇝ Jayne Galinsky
Jayne Galinsky is a doctoral researcher at the Cancer Care Research Centre, within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Stirling. She has a background in Psychology, with a focus on children and young people. Prior to her PhD, Jayne was involved in research at the Institute of Child Health and worked at Richard House Children’s Hospice. She is interested in qualitative methodologies and finding out more about children’s experiences of living with life threatening conditions.
⇝ Sheldon K. Goodman
Gary Rycroft (Joseph A. Jones, Dying Matters Chairman), Jane Harris Edmonds (Filmmaker, a bereaved parent, Member of Dying Matters/ NCPC People in Partnership Group, Good Grief) and Peter Billingham (Death Goes Digital).