Areas of Research

Work Package 2 “Connectivities built by people and groups”
PhD Project 5


Sharing vs. collecting: biographical memories and digital death (working title)

Abstract: The project will reflect upon personal memory practices in the digital realm, and questions online repositories as durable archives of memories. It attempts to understand common practices and challenges of what happens to people’s online and public lives, for instance, on social media, when they die.



Academic Qualifications

Oct 2018
PhD Candidate at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology

Master of Arts in Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

Bachelor in Communication and Cultural Management, Zeppelin University, Germany

Work Experience

Lecturer at University of Hamburg, Germany

Founding and leading a full-service digital agency

Research Interests

  • (visual) sociology
  • internet studies
  • photography
  • urban (sub)cultures


Widmaier, L. (2021). „So viel vom Leben findet in den Geräten statt …“ Ein Leitfaden zur Nachlassvorsorge für digitale Daten. In: Bestattungskultur, 2021(4), FVB, pp. 34-36. 

Widmaier, L. (2020).Da ist noch etwas für die Ewigkeit: Das digitale Erbe und seine Bedeutung für Trauer und Erinnerung. In: Bestattungskultur (6). Düsseldorf, Bundesverband Deutscher Bestatter e.V., S. 38-40 (English translation).

Interviews, Blogs & Podcasts

Widmaier, L. (2020). What happens to my digital legacy after my death? In: [Weblog].

Widmaier, L./ Lander, H.(2020). Die digitale Trauer ersetzt die analoge nicht. In: [Weblog].

Recent Conferences and Workshop Presentations

Widmaier, L.: “Heritage & death in digital futures” at the digital 5th Biennial Conference “ACHS 2020 FUTURES” of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), 26-30. Aug. 2020.

Widmaier, L.: “Memory & Death in the Digital Society” at Cyprus Rectors Conference, 1st Doctoral Kolloquium at the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 30. Sept. 2019.

Widmaier, L.: “Divide-and-conquer: Artistic approaches to curate the web” at IIPC Web Archiving Conference 2019, National and University Library in Zagreb, Croatia, 6-7. June 2019.

Widmaier, L.: Opening Conference POEM (Horizon 2020), Hamburg, 13-14. Dec. 2018.


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Coordination and Project Management

University of Hamburg
c/o: Institute for Anthropological Studies in Culture and History
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Concepts, strategies and media infrastructures for envisioning socially inclusive potential futures of European Societies through culture.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 764859.