January 8, 2009

‘variable_d’ lecture series kicks off at Dartmouth

by Mary Flanagan · , 5:58 pm

Come one, come all to the variable_d public lecture series on Digital Arts and Humanities this Winter and Spring at Dartmouth College, Hanover NH. Jesper Juul, Celia Pearce, our own Nick Montfort, Tracy Fullerton, Eric Zimmerman, Katherine Isbister, Luis von Ahn, Ros Picard, and Doris Rusch will be visiting from January 2009 – June 2009.


We are very pleased to bring these fine scholars, artists, and designers to campus.

Wed Jan 14 2009
Jesper Juul, The Meaning of Video Games: On today’s Debates in Video Game Studies
4:30 – 5:30pm Silsby 028

Details: Jesper Juul is a Video Game Researcher at the Singapore-MIT Game Lab in Cambridge, MA. His research interests include video game history, games and storytelling, and game design. His book Half Real: Video Games Between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds was published by MIT press in 2005. He continues to write The Ludologist, a blog on video game theory. He has recently finished a book on the rise of casual games.


Tues Feb 2 2009
Celia Pearce, Online World Ethnography
4:30 – 5:30pm Silsby 028

Details: Celia Pearce, Director of the Experimental Game Lab at Georgia Tech. Celia Pearce, aka Artemesia, is a game designer, author, researcher, teacher, curator and artist, specializing in multiplayer gaming and virtual worlds, independent, art, and alternative game genres, as well as games and gender. She began designing interactive attractions and exhibitions in 1983. Dr. Pearce is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture at Georgia Tech, where she also directs the Experimental Game Lab and the Emergent Game Group. Her game designs include the award-winning virtual reality attraction Virtual Adventures and the Purple Moon Friendship Adventure Cards for Girls. She is the author or co-author of numerous papers and book chapters, as well as The Interactive Book (Macmillan 1997). She has also curated new media, virtual reality, and game exhibitions and is currently Festival Chair for IndieCade, an international independent games festival and showcase series. She is a co-founder of the Ludica women’s game collective. www.cpandfriends.com.

Wed Feb 11 2009
Nick Montfort , A New Dimension for All-Text Interactive Fiction
4:30 – 5:30pm Silsby 028

Details: Nick Montfort is assistant professor of digital media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Montfort has collaborated on the blog Grand Text Auto,Implementation, and 2002: A Palindrome Story. His interactive fiction includes Book and Volume and Ad Verbum. Montfort wrote Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction (MIT Press, 2003) and co-edited The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 (ELO, 2006) and The New Media Reader (MIT Press, 2003). He and Ian Bogost wrote Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, which is forthcoming from MIT Press.

See more at: http://leopard.dartmouth.edu/groups/digitalhumanities/wiki/8636f/Lecture_Series_2009_.html

2 Responses to “‘variable_d’ lecture series kicks off at Dartmouth”

  1. Jim Whitehead Says:

    What a great lineup of speakers! I wish I lived close enough to easily attend.

  2. Nick Montfort Says:

    I had a great visit to Dartmouth, full of interesting conversations that will help me think about and work on my interactive fiction system. Thanks, Mary, for having me up to speak. I’m also charmed that the student newspaper did an article about my talk.

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