The Digital Word Seminar | Maynooth University | 20 April 2016

“The Digital Word”

Wednesday 20 April 2016

4 PM – 6 PM, Reception to Follow

First Floor Seminar Room, Iontas Building, North Campus

Maynooth University, Co. Kildare

The digital word is a mutable object that slips and scrambles at our touch. This seminar offers a multidisciplinary approach that seeks to understand, chart and contribute to the changing shape of the word in the digital space. This is a joint research seminar between the Departments of Media Studies and Music, which has come about through collaboration in Maynooth University’s Digital Arts & Humanities Research Cluster. All welcome. Any questions can be directed to

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“Perpetual Jiggling: Composing with Dirty Audio” – Dr. Gordon Delap comes from Donegal in Ireland. He is interested in electroacoustic composition, audiovisual composition, and composition created through engagement with physical modeling technologies. He has undertaken residencies at Nadine Arts Centre in Brussels, and at the Technische Universitaet in Berlin. He has received commissions from the British Council, Spacenet, the Naughton Gallery, and BBC Radio 3, and won first prize in the Project Itinerant competition “Point de Repere”. Gordon Delap is currently lecturer in music technology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Recent work has been concerned with combining electronic sounds with spoken word and video, and research interests include investigation of compositional applications of non-linear plate models developed at the University of Edinburgh.

“Multimodal Communication and the Digital Word: the future of print in cyberspace” – Dr. Jeneen Naji is Digital Media Faculty in the Department of Media Studies in Maynooth University, Ireland. Dr. Naji’s research is in the area of digital culture specifically exploring the impact of the digital apparatus on poetic expression. She is also a member of the editorial review board of the International Journal of Game-Based Learning and a Fulbright Scholar.

“#MakeAQuoteShakespearean: Digital Culture and the Quoting / Quoted Shakespeare Phenomenon” – Dr. Stephen O’Neill is Lecturer in the Department of English at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. His research focuses on Shakespearean drama and adaptation, especially in new media. He is the author of Shakespeare and YouTube: New Media Forms of the Bard (Arden Shakespeare / Bloomsbury, 2014), Staging Ireland: Representations in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama (Four Courts, 2007); and essays in Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and his Borderers (Ashgate, 2013), The Shakespearean International Yearbook (Ashgate, 2014), Borrowers and Lenders ( He is editor of Shakespeare and the Irish Writer (UCD Press, 2012). His is currently working on Shakespeare memes and on editing Broadcast Your Shakespeare, a forthcoming essay collection in the Arden Shakespeare series.

“Beyond Original E-Lit: “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” as Cybertext” – Meredith Dabek is a PhD candidate and Hume Scholar in the Media Studies department at Maynooth University, working under the supervision of Dr. Jeneen Naji. Her research focuses on electronic literature and digital narratives, and her dissertation will explore how readers experience and engage with cybertext representations of analogue novels. She holds a BA from Fordham University, an MS from Boston University, and an MA from Maynooth University.


Dr. EL (Emily Lauren) Putnam is a visual artist, scholar, and writer working predominately in performance art, video, sound, and interactive media. Her work draws from multiple themes and sources, including explorations of gender and sexuality, play, materialism, and the study of place, which she investigates through personal and cultural lenses. Her writing and research focuses on continental aesthetic philosophy, performance studies, digital studies, feminist theory, and examining the influence of neoliberalism on artistic production. EL has actively been presenting artworks and performances in the United States and Europe for the past decade, and has been a member of the Mobius Artists Group since 2009. She is currently part-time faculty at the Dublin Institute of Technology and Maynooth University.

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