CURRICULUM VITAE

Assistant Professor
Department of Film & Media Studies
University of California, Irvine
2124 Humanities Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697
asoderma AT uci.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Brown University | Modern Culture and Media | 2010
M.A. Brown University | Modern Culture and Media | 2007
M.F.A California Institute of the Arts | Critical Studies Writing Program | 2003
B.A. Vassar College | Philosophy | Summa Cum Laude | 1999

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
Assistant Professor | University of California, Irvine | January, 2014-Present
Assistant Professor | Miami University | September, 2011-2013

DISSERTATION

Interpreting Video Games through the Lens of Modernity

Director: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media
Readers: Mary Ann Doane, Class of 1937 Professor of Film and Media at University of California, Berkeley & Philip Rosen, Professor of Modern Culture and Media

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Miami University | Assistant Professor
CMS201 | Introduction to Comparative Media Studies | Fall 2011-Present
IMS211 |The Analysis of Play: Introduction to Game Studies | Fall 2011, 2012
IMS238 |Narrative and Digital Technology | Spring 2012

Brown University | Teaching Fellow / Instructor
MC090 | Code, Software, and Serious Games | Spring 2008

Brown University | Teaching Assistant
MC120 | Imagined Networks | Fall 2007
MC15 | Text/Media/Culture: Readings in Theory | Spring 2007
MC10 | Screens and Projections: Modern Media Cultures | Fall 2006
MC15 | Text/Media/Culture: Readings in Theory | Spring 2006
MC10 | Introduction to Media | Fall 2005

California Institute of the Arts | Teaching Assistant
CS110 | Writing Arts: Making Sense of Place | Fall 2002
CS110 | Writing Arts: Making Sense of Place | Spring 2002
CS110 | Writing Arts: Making Sense of Place | Fall 2001
CS214 | Irreverent Research | Spring 2001

PUBLICATIONS

Special Journal Issue Co-Editor

cris cheek, Braxton Soderman, Nicole Starosielski. “Network Archaeology,” Amodern Journal. Vol. 2 (Fall 2013).

Book Chapter

“No Time to Dream: Killing Time, Casual Games and Gender,” in Identity Matters: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Game Studies, edited by Jennifer Malkowski and TreaAndrea M. Russworm. (Forthcoming late 2016 or early 2017)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Braxton Soderman and Daniel Howe. “Surprise and Generative Art” Leonardo Electronic Almanac, special issue, “Generative and Algorithmic Art,” (Forthcoming, 2016).

“Don’t Look…or It Takes You: The Games of Horror Vacui,” Journal of Visual Culture, Vol 14. No. 3 (December 2015)

Published Articles
Book Review. “Video Game Worlds: Working at Play in the Culture of EverQuest by Timothy Rowlands,” Teaching Sociology. (Forthcoming, Fall 2012)

“Every Game the Same Dream? Politics, Representation, and the Interpretation of Video Games,” Dichtung-Digital: A Journal of Digital Aesthetics, (April 2011).

The Aesthetics of Generative Literature: Lessons from an Electronic Writing Workshop” w/ Daniel Howe, Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, Vol. 6, (October 2009).

Intrinsic Motivation: Flow, Video Games, and Participatory Culture,” Transformative Works and Cultures, Vol. 2 (March 2009).

“The Auto Salvage: A Space of Second Chances,’” Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Space (February 2008).

“The Index and the Algorithm,” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Vol. 18 No. 1 (Spring 2007).

“At The Crossroads of the Trivial: A Critique of Ergodic Literature,” The Electronic Journal of Communication, Vol. 14 No. 1 & 2 (2004).

    Book Reviews

“Video Game Worlds: Working at Play in the Culture of EverQuest by Timothy Rowlands,” Teaching Sociology, Vol. 42 No. 3 (July 2014).

    Encyclopedia Articles

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Braxton Soderman. “The History of Digital Media.” In W. Donsbach (Ed.), Concise Encyclopedia of Communication. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. (April 2015).

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Braxton Soderman. “The History of Digital Media.” The International Encyclopedia of Communication (December 2010).

Electronic New Media Texts
mémoire involuntaire no. 1,” Electronic Literature Collection Vol. 2 (Forthcoming, Spring 2010).

“A Dialogue Between Two Eyeballs,” Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, Vol. 4 (December 2007).

“Larvatus Prodeo,” Bathhouse: A Journal of Hybrid Art, Vol. 4 No. 2 (Spring 2006). Collaboration with Roxanne Carter.

Exhibition Essays
Inappropriate Covers,” David Winton Bell Gallery Publication, Brown University, (April 2009).

Page_Space: An Introduction,” Machine Poetics, Machine Gallery, Los Angeles, (May 2004).

    Other Publications

“Inappropriate Covers,” David Winton Bell Gallery Publication, Brown University, (April 2009).

“Page_Space: An Introduction,” Machine Poetics, Machine Gallery, Los Angeles, (May 2004 .

Associate Editor, NTNTNT, California Institute of the Arts Press, 2003. Collected Interviews from the net.net.net lecture series held at MOCA LA, 1999-2000

WORK IN PROGRESS

“Surprise and Generative Art” Leonardo Electronic Almanac, special issue, “Generative and Algorithmic Art” w/ Daniel Howe. (under review)

“Video Games and Television: Going with the Flow…Again” (submitted for review)

“Against the Flow: Video Games, Interpretation, and Critique” (book proposal completed)

“Capturing the Clouds: Ephemeral Representations in Modern Media” (manuscript in progress)

“Walkthru” (2D-platformer video game composed of text, in progress)

ART EXHIBITIONS and CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Exhibitions
Massage Collage: A ditto, ditto device,” Pixilerations: stories +/- ornament, 2007. The Space at Alice, 70 Eddy Street, Providence, RI, Interactive Installation.

Curatorial Projects
Inappropriate Covers, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence April-May, 2009, Co-Curator.

Inappropriate Covers, film screening, Magic Lantern Cinema, The Cable Car Cinema, Providence, RI, April 2009, Co-Curator.

page_space, Machine Gallery, Los Angeles March-April 2004, Co-Organizer.
* project included an exhibition, online collaboration between ten digital artists, and a three day symposium of events at The California Institute of the Arts

Alexandra Grant: Pin-up Show, Collaborations with Michael Joyce, CalArts Graduate Program in Writing, Valencia, CA, February 2004, Co-Curator.

SERVICE and COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Editorial Board, Amodern Journal, Fall 2013-Present

Peer Reviewer, New Media and Society, Fall 2013-Present

Peer Reviewer, Digital Humanities Quarterly, 2009-Present.

Peer Reviewer, Transformative Works and Cultures, 2008-Present.

HONORS and AWARDS

Altman Program, Humanities Center, Miami University

Altman Faculty Scholar Fellowship | 2011-2012

Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS

Recent Doctoral Recipient Fellowship | 2010-2011
Dissertation Completion Fellowship | 2009-2010

Brown University

Modern Cultural and Media | Dissertation Fellowship | 2008-2009
Modern Culture and Media | Teaching Fellowship | Spring 2008
Creative Arts Council Grant for Interrupt Conference | 2007-2008

California Institute of the Arts

Viola Heggi Swisher Scholarship for Outstanding Critical Writing | 2001-2002
CalArts Competitive Writing Arts Fellowship | 2001-2002

Vassar College

Phi Beta Kappa |1999
Philip Nochlin Prize for Outstanding Senior Thesis | 1999
Senior Philosophy Intern | Vassar Philosophy Dept | 1998-1999
Selected for the Southwest Earth Studies Program | Summer 1998

INVITED TALKS

“Critiquing Flow” Playthink: Art Game Salon | USC | January 2016

“Walkthru, or, Putting Games to Textual Work”
Digital Poetry Symposium | Dartmouth College | April 2011

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Panel Chair and presenter: “Total Flow: Innovation and Opposition in Video Games” The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) | March 2016

Panel Chair and presenter: “No Room for Play: The Politics of Permadeath” The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) | March 2015

Panel Chair and presenter, “Surrenderism, or, The Medium Specificity of Video Games” The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) | March 2014

“Streams of Consumption: Similarities between Televisual and Video Game Flow” The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) | March 2013

Panel Chair and presenter: “Indebted to the Real: Video Game Representations and Rendering” Midwestern Modern Language Association Conference (MMLA) | November 2012

“From The Medium is the Message to The Mushroom is the Mycelium”
Network Archaeologies Conference | Miami University | April 2012

“Feeling the Interactive Frame: The Medium Specificity of Video Games”
American Comparative Literature Association Conference (ACLA) | April 2012

“Benjamin and Brecht Play Chess: Critiquing the Industry of Innovation in
Contemporary Game Production”
Marxism and New Media | Duke University | January 2012

“The Networked Nimbus: The Ideological Climate of Cloud Computing”
Networks and Power Symposium | Miami University | November 2011

“Nothing Remained Unchanged but the Clouds:’ Modernity and Temporality in the
Photographic and Cinematic Sky”
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) | March 2011

“Killing Time in Diner Dash: Representation, Gender, and Casual Games”
Breaking New Ground: Innovation in Games, Play, Practice and Theory, Digital Games Research Association Conference (DiGRA) | September 2009

“The Aesthetics of Generative Literature: Lessons from an Electronic Writing Workshop” (w/ Daniel Howe)
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) | November 2007

“The Programming of Language: Code, Execution, Motivation”
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) | November 2007

“Rethinking Representation: The Concept of Rendering in Digital Media”
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) | March 2007

“The Index and The Algorithm”
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) | March 2006

“The Poetics of the Page_Space”
Narr@tive: Digital Storytelling: A UC Digital Cultures Graduate Conference | April 2004

“Machine Poetics: The Page_Space Experiment”
(Dis)junctions: Romancing Heteroglossia | University of California Riverside | April 2004

“At The Crossroads of the Trivial: A Critique of Ergodic Literature”
Criticism and Social Action: Rhetorical Dimensions of Electronic Texts | University of Washington | April 2003

“Self, Public, Storage”
(Dis)junctions: Morphing the Written Word | University of California, Riverside | April 2003

PANEL and WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

“Teaching Games in Co-Op Mode: An Interdisciplinary Workshop”
Invited Participant in day-long Workshop | UCLA | April 2015

Workshop, iMAP Ph.D. Program, School of Cinematic Arts, USC
Invited Guest Critic | USC | May 2014

“Clouds” | “Power Ups: Iconography in Digital Games“
Presentation | DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association) | August 2103

“A Symposium on Digital Humanities”
Panel Discussion | Miami University Libraries | October 2012

“Mediating Autonomia: Newness and Critique”
Workshop | Marxism and New Media | Duke University | January 2012

“Taboo: Are there areas in which meaningful play must not, cannot tread?”
Panel Discussion | Meaningful Play Conference | Michigan State University | October 2010

“Digital Media: Memory and Real Time”
Panel Discussion | E-Fest 2006 | Brown University | March 2006

READINGS and ARTIST TALKS

“Digital Literature and Video Games”
Digital Expo | Miami University | October 2012

“Aesthetics and Video Games”
Invited Lecture for Mark Tribe’s “New Media Art” Class | Brown University | December 2009

Untitled (“Nightmare of the Inner Ear”) w/ Roxanne Carter
Rereading the Screen: After Words | Reading Digital Literature Conference | Brown University | October 2007

“A Dialogue Between Two Eyeballs…”
Reading | E-Fest 2007 | Brown University | February 2007

“Toward a Circulation of the Digital Page”
Reading | E-Fest 2006 | Brown University | March 2006

“Page_Space”
Curatorial Lecture | Machine Gallery | Los Angeles | April 2004

“On Boundaries”
Invited MFA Thesis Reading | Calarts School of Critical Studies | October 2002

“Staring at the Technological: The Thing with Heidegger”
Invited Thesis Lecture | Vassar College | Department of Philosophy | 1999

REFERENCES

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Associate Professor of Modern Culture and Media | Brown University

Mary Ann Doane
Class of 1937 Professor of Film and Media | University of California, Berkeley

Philip Rosen
Professor of Modern Culture and Media | Brown University

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