Visiting Researchers: University of Birmingham

The Digital Studio is excited to have two researchers visiting from the Department of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, Dr Matt Hayler and Vicki Williams. Matt and Vicki will be based in the Digital Studio and are keen to connect with local researchers and students interested in the digital humanities.

Dr Matt Hayler
Matt is a lecturer in post-1945 Literature in the Department of English Literature. His research interests focus on e-reading, materially experimental writing, digital humanities, critical theory, technology, and embodiment. He is particularly interested in how the materiality of our artefacts impacts upon our culture, daily practice, and cognition. His most recent research has been into the relationship between the ethics and artistic representation of transhuman modification of the body with technology. Beyond English Studies, his research draws on cognitive science, post- and classical phenomenology, philosophy of technology, and object-oriented ontology.

Join Matt at 4.30pm Wednesday April 11 for a special joint Digital Studio and English and Theatre Studies seminar, Wandering Bodies: Ambient Literature, Entanglements, and Embodied Cognition

Connect with Matt:
@cryurchin
M.S.Hayler@bham.ac.uk

Vicki Williams
Vicki is a doctoral researcher in the English Department at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on the ways identity and embodiment are captured in and through immersive virtual environments and virtual reality (VR) in particular. Her research interests include phenomenology, horror and technology, posthumanism and glitch studies. Vicki also co-convenes the PLAY/PAUSE videogame and virtual reality seminar series at the University of Birmingham.

Join Vicki at 10am Tuesday April 10 for the Graduate Seminar, Inside the Unhuman Machine: Renderings of Human Subjectivity in CGI Media Artworks

Connect with Vicki:
@vicki_will
VRW203@student.bham.ac.uk