Paula Kiel

Research

PhD working title:  When the dead are the messengers: practices of post-mortem digital interaction.

Supervisor: Dr. Shani Orgad

Research interests: Sociology of death, multimodal analysis, practice theory, Social Shaping of Technology, digital and online communication

About my project

My research project is focused on recently emerging platforms that offer to facilitate post-mortem digital interactions, enabling deceased individuals to continue to be actively present in online communicational events. Such practices are potentially challenging the modes, times and places of presence of death and the dead. In my project I seek to characterise these practices and understand their meaning by investigating three sites: the specific platforms as multimodal cultural artefacts, practices of technological design and practices of technology use.

Conference presentations 

Kiel, P. (2016) “The Emerging Practices of the Collective Afterlife: Multimodal Analysis of Websites for Post-Mortem Digital Interaction”. AoIR 2016: The 17th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers. Berlin, Germany.

Kiel, P. (2015) “Dead Online: Practices of Post-Mortem Digital Interaction”. Internet Research 16: The 16th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers. Phoenix, AZ, USA.

Kiel, P. (2015). “Un-Controlled Presence: Practices of post-mortem digital interaction.” 2nd International Death Online Research Symposium. Kingston University, London.

Kiel, P. (2014). “Exploring the Digital Afterlife”. LSE Media and Communications PhD Symposium. LSE.

Kiel, P. (2011). “The Spread of the Bra-Burning Myth as a Case Study of Diffusion of Anti-Feminism”. ‘Metaksherim’ conference for communication graduate students, University of Haifa.

Teaching experience

Currently Graduate Teaching Assistant (LSE): Seminar leader in MC Labs dissertation workshops delivered to MSc students in the media and communications department at LSE.

2010-2013    Introduction to Mass Communication (BA level):  Teaching assistant to Dr. Limor Shifman. Post included leading seminars, preparing assignments, maintaining course website and grading papers.

2011-2013    Theories in Communication and Culture (MSc level): Teaching assistant to Prof. Paul Frosh. Post included leading seminars, preparing assignments, maintaining course website and grading papers.

2011-2012    Qualitative research methods (BA level): Teaching assistant to Dr. Zohar Kampf. Post included leading seminars, preparing assignments, maintaining course website, supervising students in their first independent research project and grading papers.

Awards

Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) 2016 Best Student Paper Award, for The emerging practices of the collective afterlife: multimodal analysis of websites for post-mortem digital interaction.

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