Dr Katarzyna Nowaczyk-Basińska is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, with a background in social communication, theatre studies, and interactive media and performances. In her research, she explores how new technologies (re)shape our understanding of death, loss, grief, and afterlife presence. Her work intersects the fields of technology, culture, and thanatology.
For the past ten years, she has worked as a coordinator, initiator, or co-leader, collaborating with arts and cultural organizations, academia, NGOs, and European institutions. From 2020 to 2023, she held an individual grant entitled "Immortality: Technocultural Strategies of Contemporary Times," funded by the (Polish) National Science Center. Recognizing the clear need for interdisciplinary research in the field of (im)mortality technologies, she developed a theoretical framework for a new sub-discipline called "(im)mortality studies" as part of her doctoral dissertation.
Since 2020 she has been collaborating with The Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge, further developing the idea of (im)mortality studies. In 2021 she co-organized and co-moderated (with Dr. Stephen Cave) an international conference Digital (Im)mortality. Philosophy, Ethics and Design. She is also a team member of an international scientific consortium ‘Digital Death. Transforming History, Ritual, and Afterlife’ (as a part of the EU CHANSE Call on Transformations: Social and Cultural Dynamics in The Digital Age). More information about her research can also be found on her webpage.Back to people