22 May 2017 from 15:00 to 17:30

Public lecture by renowned digital media scholar Janet H. Murray

Prof. Janet H. Murray
Prof. Janet H. Murray

Renowned digital media scholar prof. Janet H. Murray will hold a public lecture on Monday May 22. The lecture, titled Who's Afraid of the Holodeck: Facing the Future of Digital Narrative without Ludoparanoia, will start at 15.00 at the Academiegebouw.  

Prof. Murray's seminal book Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace (1997) has been an essential read for everyone interested in the future of storytelling through digital media. Her work has been critical in establishing the foundational thinking about the potential of games as storytelling platforms within the then emerging field of game studies. Recently, an updated version of Hamlet on the Holodeck was released which renewed a long-lasting discussion on the relationship between games and narratives, showing that the book's concepts are still seen as both relevant and controversial.

As an internationally recognized interaction designer, Murray kept pushing boundaries of digital media's potential resulting in the book Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice (2011), hailed by Henry Jenkins as "an epic accomplishment, one which we will all be mining for years to come". Murray currently is Ivan Allen College Dean's Professor at the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology.
The lecture is hosted by Utrecht University's Focus Area Game Research, and the professorship Interactive Narrative Design at the HKU.
The programme

15.00 - 15.15    Doors open
15.15 - 16.00    Lecture
16.00 - 16.30    Q&A
16.30 - 17.30    drinks


Start date and time
22 May 2017 15:00
End date and time
22 May 2017 17:30
Entrance fee
Free, but seats are limited