One perk of being an academic is that you’re sometimes asked to temporarily join a cool organization as the in house scholar. It’s a win-win…
July 29, 2014
Morbid Anatomy Museum 424A 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215 During the month of August, I will be the Scholar in Residence at the Morbid Anatomy…
May 4, 2014
The photo sums it up. Death Ref John’s Congress for Curious Peoples presentation on the Abnormal, the Normal, and the Pathological on Display.
June 16, 2013
Future Death. Future Dead Bodies. Future Cemeteries Illustrated lecture by Dr. John Troyer, Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath 20th June…
April 7, 2013
Platforms for Haunting: The Talking Dead
SxSW Interactive 2013
In March 2013, the Death Reference Desk headed to the South by Southwest Interactive conference.
A podcast of Death Ref John’s talk has now been released and you can listen to it above.
He was part of presentation called Platforms for Haunting: The Talking Dead.
Here is a description of the presentation.
The relationship between death and technology is as old as human civilisation; from cenotaph to facebook memorial, industries have been built on our desire to remember and be remembered. Technology now enables us to create spine-chilling immersive experiences; allowing us to embody the worlds of our ancestors, enter our ghost stories and even plan a little post-mortem haunting ourselves. We want to move the conversation beyond discussions of data legacy to ask whether we can engender a new form of history, one that allows us to interact with the dead.
Bringing together experts in human remains, memorialisation and new technology this Panel will explore our relationship with mortality in a digital age. The discussion will draw on recent projects which have used new technology to augment cemeteries, populate historic sites with ghosts of their past and instigate twitter conversations with a 1,610 year old woman.
Platforms for Haunting: The Talking Dead SxSW Interactive 2013 In March 2013, the Death Reference Desk headed to the South by Southwest Interactive conference. A…
March 3, 2013
Platforms for Haunting: The Talking Dead South by Southwest Interactive media conference Saturday, March 9 5:00PM – 6:00PM Radisson Town Lake Town Lake Ballroom 111…
October 21, 2012
Future Death. Future Dead Bodies. Future Cemeteries
John Troyer, TEDxBristol Talk (September 15, 2012)
On September 15, 2012 I was one of the TEDxBristol speakers. The TEDxBristol 2012 theme was Future Shock, so I took the opportunity to discuss three of my favorite topics: Future Death, Future Dead Bodies, and Future Cemeteries.
The entire TEDx event was organized exceptionally well, and I was impressed by all the speakers. I usually count on at least one speaker who completely blows it and becomes that guy (because it’s almost always one of the male speakers) so that I can be relieved that I wasn’t that guy. But no.
What really stands out for me from the day is the live drawing being done by artist Nat Al-Tahhan as each of us spoke. Nat drew images reflecting our talks, while we spoke, and she nailed the day down. I love the images. You can see them here.
I’m fairly certain that Death Ref readers can determine when I spoke, based only on the drawings.
The video of my talk is now up and you can watch it on YouTube here or above.
Future Death. Future Dead Bodies. Future Cemeteries John Troyer, TEDxBristol Talk (September 15, 2012) On September 15, 2012 I was one of the TEDxBristol speakers….
September 14, 2012
TEDx Speaker Q&A: Dr John Troyer, Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath MSHED Bristol (Saturday, September 15, 2012) A quick post about a…
February 15, 2012
Bristol Live Open Platform (BLOP Festival) The Arnolfini, Bristol (UK) Saturday 25 February, 2012 11.00am – 8.00pm £6.00 / £5.00 concessions Full BLOP Festival…
April 15, 2011
Future Death: The Dead Human Body as Biomass An Illustrated lecture with Dr. John Troyer Deputy Director Centre for Death and Society University of Bath…
January 1, 2011
History of Hip: Art With A Point, ‘A Brief History of Tattoos’ Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Boulevard W Saint Paul, MN 55102-1906 Dates: January…
December 3, 2010
Crematorium to Keep Mourners Warm by Burning Bodies of Loved Ones The Daily Mail (January 08, 2008) Eco-Death Articles and Information Put Together by…