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How to build a nurturing, collaborative research environment

I have a fabulous research environment right now, and while obviously some of that is due to having had funding to employ brilliant researchers (thank you ERC) we’ve been doing a lot of other things that are working out really … Continue reading

03. December 2019 by Jill
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Thinking about larps for research dissemination about technology and society

I spent some of last week at a wonderful larp (live action roleplaying) camp for kids run by Tidsreiser, and had a wonderful time. I have secretly wanted to try larping since I was a teenager, but there weren’t any … Continue reading

02. July 2019 by Jill
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Lesson plan: DIKULT103 29.01.2019 – Video Game Aesthetics and Orientalism in Games

Readings: Understanding Video Games Chapter 5, Woke Gaming Chapter 6 (Kristin Bezio: The Perpetual Crusade: Rise of the Tomb Raider, Religious Extremism, and the Problem of Empire. (p 119-138)) Learning goals: After doing the reading, taking the quiz and attending the class, students can Explain … Continue reading

18. February 2019 by Jill
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I’m a visiting scholar at MIT this semester

I’m on sabbatical from teaching at the University of Bergen this semester, and am spending the autumn here at MIT. Hooray! It’s a dream opportunity to get to hang out with so many fascinating scholars. I’m at Comparative Media Studies/Writing, … Continue reading

02. September 2017 by Jill
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Visa approved

I’m going to be spending next semester as a visiting scholar at MIT’s Department of Comparative Media Studies, and there are a lot of practical things to organize. We have rented a flat there, but still need to rent out … Continue reading

08. June 2017 by Jill
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I won the John Lovas Memorial Award for my Snapchat Research Stories!

I am so excited: I won the John Lovas Memorial award last night at the Computers and Writing Conference for my Snapchat Research Stories! The award is given by Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, the leading digitally-native journal for … Continue reading

03. June 2017 by Jill
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Finding my old notebook from 1997

I found an old notebook when I was tidying my desk today. Its from 1997 and 1998, when I was working on my MA in comparative literature and writing about creative, non-fiction hypertext. I read all the 1990s hypertext theory … Continue reading

31. May 2017 by Jill
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Three book chapters

I’ve finished up revisions on a few book chapters in the last few months. Here are the preprints: Rettberg, Jill Walker. “Online Diaries and Blogs.” In The Diary, edited by Batsheva Ben-Amos and Dan Ben-Amos. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming. … Continue reading

26. September 2016 by Jill
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What kinds of narrative are Snapchat stories?

I’ve been watching lots of Snapchat stories and thinking about the narrative techniques they use – I think I need to write a paper about that. So today’s Snapchat Research Story is about Snapchat and narrative. This story is over … Continue reading

08. April 2016 by Jill
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Rereading Fahrenheit 451

Over the last year or so I’ve moved from reading mainstream news articles about media addiction to reading science fiction: I want to see how we imagine our relationship to technology. One of the biggest surprises, for me, was Ray Bradbury’s … Continue reading

31. August 2015 by Jill
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