People

Dr Bjorn Nansen

Dr Bjorn Nansen is a Research Fellow in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne and a chief investigator on the project. He is a researcher of digital media and culture, with interests in technology adoption, tangible computing and natural user interfaces, children’s media use, material culture studies and critical theory of technology. He holds an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). His most recent publications have featured in New Media & Society, Journal of Children and Media, Environment and Planning D, Media International Australia and M/C.

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Associate Professor Tamara Kohn

Dr Tamara Kohn (BA UCBerkeley, MA UPenn, DPhil Oxford) is Associate Professor in Anthropology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a chief investigator on the project. Research and teaching interests include trans-cultural communities of practice, the anthropology of the body and senses, death studies, and mobility. Recent publications include The Discipline of Leisure (Coleman and Kohn, eds), and ‘Crafting Selves on Death Row’ (in Davies and Park, eds. Emotion, Identity and Death).

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Assoc Prof Martin Gibbs

Assoc Prof Martin Gibbs is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne and a chief investigator on the project. His current teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of Science, Technology Studies (STS), and Human-Computer Interaction and are focused on the sociable use of interactive technologies. He is the co-editor of the book From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen a new work on ICTs and civic engagement, recent published by The MIT Press.

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Dr Michael Arnold

Dr Michael Arnold is a Senior Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science Programme in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. His on-going teaching and research lies at the intersection of contemporary technologies and our society and culture. In addition to this study of digital commemoration Michael’s recent research projects have included, (1 )several studies of high speed broadband in the domestic context, (2) a comparative study of social networking in six locations across the Asia-Pacific, (3) a study of ethical and governance issues associated with the electronic health record, (4) a study to develop methods to assess social returns on investments in technologies, (5) a study of digital story-telling by young aboriginals.

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Dr Elizabeth Hallam

Dr Elizabeth Hallam is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and a Research Associate in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford. She is the partner investigator (external adviser) on the project. Her research and publications focus on the anthropology and history of the body; death and dying; material and visual cultures; museums and collecting; human anatomy; three-dimensional models, especially in medical education; making and design; mixed-media sculpture. She is also participating in collaborative museum and exhibition projects.

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Dr James Meese

Dr James Meese is a Research Fellow on the Digital Commemoration ARC Discovery Project. He recently completed his doctorate at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology which investigated the cultural politics of copyright law and subjectivity. His research has been published in Television and New Media, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, M/C and Computers and Composition.



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