Dr Jeneen Naji

Media Studies

Lecturer / Assistant Professor

0.26 Iontas Building
(01) 708 3521

Biography

Dr. Jeneen Naji is Digital Media Practice Faculty in the Department of Media Studies in Maynooth University, Ireland where she lectures on the B.A. Media Studies, the M.A. in Critical and Creative Media and the BSc Multimedia, Mobile & Web Development run with the Department of Computer Science. 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 convener and founding member of the Maynooth University Digital Arts & Humanities Research Cluster. Dr. Naji is also a member of the international editorial review board of the International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL) and a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar.

Research Interests

My research areas areas: - the critical analysis of existing and emerging digital culture artefacts. -the impact of digital technologies on human creative expression. -the affordances and constraints of the digital medium as they relate to the changing form of poetic expression from analogue to digital. -the use of the digital apparatus within a gestural and haptic interaction framework for creative practice. - electronic literature and digital literacy.

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Reading Digital Narratives in Convergence Culture: "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" as Cybertext PI Irish Research Council (IRC) / 2265080 My research study will explore how readers engage with and experience a digital narrative by critically analysing a recent web series. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is an updated version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice which reimagines Austen’s original story from a 21st century perspective. This project will be one of the first scholarly, academic studies of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and will use Espen Aarseth’s theories to examine the narrative as a cybertext, a dynamic text that organises and presents different outputs to a reader based on how she navigates through it. My critical analysis will consider how digital technologies affect a narrative’s form, perspective, characters and setting, while also considering how these digital versions of analogue stories open new avenues of research in the electronic literature field. A series of surveys and interviews with readers of digital narratives will provide an understanding of how they consume these cybertexts, focusing on how The Lizzie Bennet Diaries deconstructs and alters Austen’s story for Internet audiences. In addition to Aarseth, the theoretical foundation of my dissertation will include Meikle and Young’s theory of textual media convergence. I will target influential producers and creators within the digital narrative world for interviews, and to disseminate my results and findings. I will identify additional survey and interview participants through outreach via social media websites. At its conclusion, my results will help inform the creation and study of new digital narratives in the future. As a researcher, I am particularly well suited to undertake this type of project, given my previous undergraduate and graduate degrees in literary studies and digital humanities. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary nature of this proposal will draw from both the Media Studies and the Digital Humanities departments at Maynooth University, emphasising the collaborative study of two evolving, interlinked and growing fields. 01-OCT-16 30-SEP-19 71632
tbc PI Fulbright Commission / 2265647 01-SEP-14 30-NOV-14
Building City Dashboards Co Principal Investigator Science Foundation Ireland / Maynooth University 05-SEP-16 29-AUG-21
H2020 ERC Proposal Support: Starter Grant PI EU Horizon 2020 National Support Network / 2265444 15-MAY-15 14-FEB-16 5716

Post Doctoral Fellows/Research Team

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Oliver Dawkins Building City Dashboards Post Doctorate Science Foundation Ireland
Liam O Sullivan Building City Dashboards Post Doctorate Science Foundation Ireland
Tomasz Zawadzki Building City Dashboards Post Doctorate Science Foundation Ireland
Gareth Young Building City Dashboards Post Doctorate Science Foundation Ireland

Books

  Year Publication
2020 Digital Poetry.
Naji, J. (2020) Digital Poetry. London: Palgrave Pivot. [Details]
2019 New Approaches to Literature for Language Learning.
Naji J., Subramaniam G., & White G. (2019) New Approaches to Literature for Language Learning. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2020 'Mobile Electronic Literature'
Naji, Jeneen (2020) 'Mobile Electronic Literature' In: Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: Contexts, Forms & Practices. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]
2017 'Digital poetry evolution and the art of machines'
Naji J. (2017) 'Digital poetry evolution and the art of machines' In: #WomenTechLit. [Details]
2015 'Repurposing in Electronic Literature: technology and the expressive continuum'
Naji, J. (2015) 'Repurposing in Electronic Literature: technology and the expressive continuum' In: Maria Mencia & Zuzana Husárová (eds). Repurposing in Electronic Literature. Košice: Dive Buki. [Details]
2013 'Poetic Machines'
Naji, J. (2013) 'Poetic Machines' In: Internet Research,Theory, and Practice: Perspectives from Ireland. research-publishing.net. [Details]
2013 'Poetic Machines - the essentiality of the human and the machine to digital creative expression'
Naji, J. (2013) 'Poetic Machines - the essentiality of the human and the machine to digital creative expression' In: Game-Based Learning: Opportunities and Challenges:. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
2011 'Interactive Poetry - New Content for new Technologies'
Naji, J. (2011) 'Interactive Poetry - New Content for new Technologies' In: Managing Media Economy, Media Content and Technology in the Age of Digital Convergence. Lisbon: Media XXI. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'The Rubayaat'
Naji, J. (2020) 'The Rubayaat'. technoculture: an online journal of technology in, 10 (2020) [Details]
2020 'Building city dashboards for different types of user'
Kitchin, R.; Young, G.; Naji, J. (2020) 'Building city dashboards for different types of user'. Journal of Urban Technology, [Details]
2019 'The Art of Machine Use Subversion in Digital Poetry'
Naji, J. (2019) 'The Art of Machine Use Subversion in Digital Poetry'. Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, 20 (2019) [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Back to the Book: Tempest and Funkhouser’s Retro Translations'
Naji, Jeneen (2017) 'Back to the Book: Tempest and Funkhouser’s Retro Translations'. Electronic Book Review, [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'What Would Media Studies Do? Social media Shakespeare as a technosocial process'
Jarrett, K. & Naji, J. (2016) 'What Would Media Studies Do? Social media Shakespeare as a technosocial process'. BORROWERS AND LENDERS: THE JOURNAL OF SHAKESPEARE AND APPROPRIATION, [Details]
2013 'Simulated stereotypes turning the unreal real: An analysis ofrepresentations of the ‘Other’ in traditional media forms and digital games'
Dr Jeneen Naji (2013) 'Simulated stereotypes turning the unreal real: An analysis ofrepresentations of the ‘Other’ in traditional media forms and digital games'. Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research, 6 (2 + 3):115-131 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2012 'INTERCEPT – Interdisciplinary New Technologies for Entrants to Reinforce Creativity, Enthusiasm, and Practical Thinking'
Timoney, Joseph and Lazzarini, Victor and Naji, Jeneen (2012) 'INTERCEPT – Interdisciplinary New Technologies for Entrants to Reinforce Creativity, Enthusiasm, and Practical Thinking' Teaching Fellowships 2012 – 2013, :18-19. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 The Posthuman Poetics of Instagram Poetry
Naji, J. (2018) The Posthuman Poetics of Instagram Poetry EVA Copenhagen 2018 - Politics of the Machines - Art and After [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2010 Interactive Poetry: poets and programmers
Naji, J. (2010) Interactive Poetry: poets and programmers EuroITV’10 Proceedings of the 8th international interactive conference on Interactive TV&Video [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2020 Media City Panel, MeCCSA 2020.
Naji, J.;Dawkins, O.; Young, G.; Stehle, S. (2020) Media City Panel, MeCCSA 2020. [Oral Presentation], Mirrorworlds: Mixed Reality Urban Spaces & Human Truth, University of Brighton , 08-JAN-20 - 10-JAN-20 [Details]
2019 Place in Virtual Space: an analysis of geospatial data narratives presented in cross-reality visualisations.
Naji, J. Young, G., Stehle, S. (2019) Place in Virtual Space: an analysis of geospatial data narratives presented in cross-reality visualisations. [Oral Presentation], 58th ERSA Congress “Places for People: Innovative, Inclusive and liveable Regions, University College Cork , 28-OCT-19 - 31-OCT-19 [Details]
2019 The AILA Literature in Language Learning and Teaching Research Network.
Naji, J. Goodith, W. (2019) The AILA Literature in Language Learning and Teaching Research Network. [Oral Presentation], LiLLT Conference 2019 Research in Literature in Language Learning Environments: Patterns and Possibilities, University of Erfurt , 29-AUG-19 - 31-OCT-19 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2020 Global Alliance on Media and Gender Country Report on Ireland.
O’ Brien, A., Arnold, S. Culloty, E. Naji, J. (2020) Global Alliance on Media and Gender Country Report on Ireland. GAMAG, New York. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2014 Rolling Stone Magazine and the Curious Case of the Muslim in the Neighbourhood.
Naji, J. (2014) Rolling Stone Magazine and the Curious Case of the Muslim in the Neighbourhood. Blog [Details]
2013 Where are the women?.
Naji, J. (2013) Where are the women?. Blog [Details]
2012 Who Represents the Users?”.
Naji, J. (2012) Who Represents the Users?”. Blog [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2012 Poetic Machines: an investigation into the impact of the characteristics of the digital apparatus on poetic expression.
Naji, J. (2012) Poetic Machines: an investigation into the impact of the characteristics of the digital apparatus on poetic expression. Dublin City University: Thesis [DOI] [Details]

Exhibition

  Year Publication
2019 Ice cream Thoughts.
Naji, Jeneen (2019) Ice cream Thoughts. Norway: Exhibition [Details]
2017 The Rubayaat.
Naji, J. (2017) The Rubayaat. The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale: Exhibition [Details]
2017 UpsideDown Chandeli.
Wilks, Naji, Husárová, Mencía (2017) UpsideDown Chandeli. University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal: Exhibition [Details]
2014 UpsideDown Chandelier.
Wilks, C., Naji, J., Husárová, Z., Mencia, M. (2014) UpsideDown Chandelier. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, U.S.A: Exhibition [Details]
2013 Upside Down Chandelier.
Wilks, C., Naji, J., Husárová, Z., Mencia, M. (2013) Upside Down Chandelier. DIG Gallery, Košice, Slovakia: Exhibition [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2012 Teaching & Learning Fellowship Maynooth University
2014 Fulbright TechImpact Fulbright Commission

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Electronic Literature Organisation Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Campus Life Member /
Governing Authority Staff Representative /