‘Ghosting’ is a form of identity theft in which the fraudster steals the identity of a deceased person. Although it’s sometimes done for financial gain, more frequently it’s an attempt to assume a new identity – to become somebody else. Jennifer Down, a Sydney Morning Herald 2017 Best Young Australian Novelist, talks about how to disappear in the modern era – touching on topics such as biometrics, technology and survivalism, as well as famous cases of death fraud.
Jennifer Down (Australian)
Jennifer Down is a writer, editor and translator. Her debut novel, Our Magic Hour, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award and the Voss Prize. Her second book, a short story collection titled Pulse Points, was published in 2017 and she was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist in the same year. She has recently been awarded a winter fellowship at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Remy Low (Australian)
Remy Low is a Scholarly Teaching Fellow at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. In his teaching and research, Remy draws on cultural theory and historical inquiry to examine contemporary educational contexts and practices, with a particular focus on issues of identity and difference.