About

I am an English and Film Studies PhD student at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. My research focuses on the interplay between different types of media, especially virtual spaces (such as Second Life) and cyberpunk literature, and addresses several main questions: -What happens to categories such as reader, author, fictional, virtual, and real…

SSHRC application 2011 – 2012 (successful)

COLLABORATIVE INTERPLAYING IN CYBERPUNK AND SECOND LIFE In my dissertation I show that cyberpunk literature and online virtual worlds such as Second Life are engaged in an exchange of fictional forms and literary techniques that has largely been ignored by literary critics and media theorists. Emerging in the 1980s out of the work of William…

SSHRC Application 2009 – 2010 (successful)

THE CYBER-PERFORMATIVE IN SECOND LIFE The research for my MA thesis focuses on the influence the online world Second Life has had on the way language effects change (is ‘performative’) in both real and virtual environments. My research is organized around the problem of explaining how the status of language is altered when utterances made…