Interdisciplinary applications of experimental social software to the study of narrative in digital contexts

The electronic environment has transformed the resources available to the academic researcher, most recently in the area of collaboration and new kinds of knowledge management. This project evaluates a selection of experimental software tools to discover whether they offer valuable unconventional opportunities to connect researchers across widely-differing disciplines and to examine how they might support innovative collaborations, such as shared bibliographical resources. The study will focus on the study of narrative within a digital context but findings are expected to be of use to a wide range of researchers.
Funded by the AHRC

Online MA in Creative Writing & New Media

This unique postgraduate degree is designed for writers interested in experimenting with new formats and has creative applications in the workplace and community as well as in writing, teaching and publishing, all culminating in an atmosphere which is challenging, interdisciplinary, and international. Offering modules in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Writing for the Creative Industries. It is designed for writers interested in exploring the potential of new technologies in their writing via a combination of online study with a week-long workshop in the UK.
Course website.

NLab – Narrative Laboratory for the Creative Industries

High-quality content is a priority for the creative industries, whether it's gaming, broadcasting, publishing, tourism, or software. It is also important to authors in search of the right kind of media for their fiction, hypermedia, journalism, poetry, or many other kinds of writing. The NLab Network connects small creative businesses with writers to generate pioneering partnerships creating digital stories and other narratives. Network members come together to find out what makes them different from each other, what connects them, and how they can forge new collaborations.
NLab website
Funded by HEIF.

Chris Joseph

cj2006.jpgChris Joseph is a digital writer and artist who has produced solo and collaborative work as babel. He is the first Writer-in-Residence at the Institute of Creative Technologies. His past projects include Inanimate Alice, an award-winning series of multimedia stories produced with Kate Pullinger; The Breathing Wall, a groundbreaking digital novel produced with Kate Pullinger and Stefan Schemat that responds to the reader's breathing rate; and Animalamina , a collection of interactive poetry for children. He is editor of the post-dada magazine and network

Jess Laccetti

laccetti.jpgJess Laccetti was born in Italy and educated in Italy, Canada, and England. She is a doctoral student at the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University and her Ph.D. thesis, Click Lit: Interactivity, Feminism, and Narrative Structures in New Media, examines web fictions within a narrative and feminist theoretical context. Consequently she calls for a widening of certain narratological concepts such as "mimesis," "communication," and "temporality." She is also a research assistant for the Narrative Laboratory project and a lecturer in media and new media. Her work has been published on and offline and she has presented papers in the U.K., Europe, and Canada.

Bruce Mason

On%20the%20beach.jpg Bruce Mason is a post-doctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded Interdisciplinary applications of experimental social software to the study of narrative in digital contexts, (aka TNN) investigating the potential of social bookmarking for transdisciplinary communication. He is working with Professor Sue Thomas at the IOCT and finds the Aibos mildly perturbing.
Bruce's academic background is in a mixture of ethnography, folklore, linguistics and Artificial Intelligence, with a PhD on virtual ethnography. Previously he was working at Cardiff University on issues to do with hypermedia and ethnography and is the co-author of a recent Sage publication, Hypermedia for Qualitative Research (2006).
He has taught in folklore, media studies and anthropology and has ongoing research interests in virtual culture studies, qualitative research methodology, e-social-science and popular belief systems (e.g. beliefs about crop circles and UFOs). Currently he's very interested in scepticism and the discourse of "science denial" belief systems.

Simon Mills

mills Simon Mills is a Senior Lecturer in New Media and is the course leader for the PGDip in New Media Publishing at DMU. He has over 10 years of industry experience in New Media and website development, including website developer for the trAce Online Writing Centre. He also works as a digital artist and until recently edited frAme: the trAce Online Journal of Culture & Technology. His research interests include digital aesthetics. He has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Writing and MSc in Multimedia from The Nottingham Trent University.

Simon Perril

perril Simon Perril is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English. He has a degree from Anglia Polytechnic, an MA from Leeds University, and a PhD from Cambridge University. He is a poet whose publications include Hearing Is Itself Suddenly a Kind of Singing (2004), and the chapbooks Volume (1998) and Spirit Level (1996). He is one of 4 poets featured in the mini-anthology New Tonal Language (1999), and has also written widely on contemporary poetry. He edited Tending the Vortex: The Works of Brian Catling (2001), and is currently editing a collection of essays on the poetry of John James, and working on a monograph on contemporary British Poetry. His current creative project is Nitrate / the Intermission; a book of poems concerning early and silent cinema. For samples of poems, weblinks, images and mp3 files of readings, visit the Brunel University Archive of the Now. Click on 'Authors' and scroll down until you find him.

Kate Pullinger

kate2.jpgKate Pullinger (Fiction, Laboratory)

Kate Pullinger is a Reader in Creative Writing and New Media in the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University, Leicester, and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Kate Pullinger's most recent novel is A Little Stranger. Other books include the novels Weird Sister, The Last Time I Saw Jane, and Where Does Kissing End? and the short story collections, My Life as a Girl in a Men's Prison and Tiny Lies. Kate Pullinger writes for film, radio and new media; her multimedia online novel, Inanimate Alice, created with web artist babel, won the first prize for Digital Art 2005, sponsored by MAXXI, the Museum of the Twenty-First Century in Rome, and Fondazione Rosselli. Kate Pullinger grew up in Canada and lives in London.

Howard Rheingold

Howard Rheingold is Visiting Professor at the Institute of Creative Technologies at DMU and affiliated to PART. He is the author of:
Tools for Thought
The Virtual Community
Smart Mobs
Was the:
editor of Whole Earth Review
editor of The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog
founding executive editor of Hotwired
founder of Electric Minds
Has taught:
Participatory Media and Collective Action (UC Berkeley, SIMS, Fall 2005)
Toward a Literacy of Cooperation (Stanford, Winter, 2005)
Participatory Media/Collective Action (UC Berkeley, Fall 2006)
Digital Journalism (Stanford, Winter, 2006)
Non-resident Fellow, Annenberg Center for Communication, USC
Visiting Professor, Institute of Creative Technologies & the Production & Research in Transliteracy group, De Montfort University, UK
Current project:
The Cooperation Project