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Jill Walker Rettberg is professor of digital culture at the University of Bergen in Norway. Her main research topic has been storytelling and self-representation in social media, building upon a foundation of digital art, electronic literature and digital humanities. She is currently focusing on visual technologies and machine vision and our relationship with them. Rettberg will be a visiting scholar at MIT from August-December 2017, where she will write a book about Snapchat.

Professor Rettberg's book Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves was published as an open access monograph by Palgrave in October 2014, and can be freely downloaded. Her book Blogging was published in a 2nd edition by Polity Press in 2014, and she has also co-edited an anthology of critical writing on World of Warcraft (MIT Press 2008). In addition to work on electronic literature and social media, her recent work has also made use of digital methods to visualise network relationships in electronic literature. 

Jill Walker Rettberg has shared her research in social media since October 2000, when she started her still-active research blog, jill/txt. In 2016, she began making research stories for Snapchat, which you can follow by adding jilltxt on Snapchat, or you can see an archive of selected Snapchat Research Stories on YouTube. Rettberg's pioneering use of Snapchat was written up in the Chronicle of Higher Education in April 2016, and was awarded the John Lovas Memorial Award by Kairos Journal in June 2017. Rettberg is also an active participant in debates on Twitter, Facebook and in Norwegian newspapers, and is a frequent expert source in Norwegian media. 

Rettberg won the Meltzer Foundation Prize for Excellence in Research Dissemination in 2006.

Course development and teaching 

Jill Walker Rettberg has been responsible for developing and teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on games, electronic literature, digital art, social media, critical digital culture theory, web design and machine vision.

PhD Supervision

Rettberg is currently the main supervisor for one PhD student, Henning Skarbø, who was recently awarded a public sector PhD. His project is a collaboration between Digital Culture at UiB and the hospital, and will develop a conversational app for chronic patients, combining humanistic theories of digital culture with human-computer conversational design. 

She is also co-supervisor for Elisabeth Nesheim here at UiB, who is writing a PhD on haptic interfaces in digital art, and is a dissertation committee member for Sara Raffel, who is writing her PhD on storytelling in virtual reality, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Rettberg has been an opponent at three PhD defences, at the University of Copenhagen, Tallinn University and the University of Stavanger. She was a mentor at the Doctoral Consortium at the 2015 Association of Internet Researchers conference, and in 2017, she was a jury member for the Association of Internet Researchers' prize for best PhD dissertation.

Many of Jill Walker Rettberg's publications are open access, and can be accessed either through Bergen Open Research Archive, her Google Scholar profile or her ResearchGate profile

Books
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2014. Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves. Palgrave Macmillan. 120 pages. ISBN: 978-1-137-47664-7.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2013. Blogging. Polity Press. 195 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7456-6364-7.
  • Corneliussen, Hilde G.; Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2008. Digital Culture, Play, and Identity: A World of Warcraft Reader. MIT Press. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-0-262-03370-1.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2008. Blogging. Polity Press. 176 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7456-4133-1.
Journal articles
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2016. Garments of Paradise: Wearable Discourse in the Digital Age by Susan Elizabeth Ryan (review). Technology and culture. 57: 502-504. doi: 10.1353/tech.2016.0041
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2016. Anmeldelse av Victoria Flanagan: Technology and Identity in Young Adult: The Posthuman Subject. Barnboken. 39. doi: 10.14811/clr.v39i0.240
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2015. Chromatic algorithms: Synthetic color, computer art, and aesthetics after code. New Media and Society. 17: 1192-1196. doi: 10.1177/1461444815579890
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker; Berry, David M.; Helmond, Anne; Plantin, Jean-Christophe; Borra, Erik. 2015. The Data Sprint Approach: Exploring the field of Digital Humanities through Amazon’s Application Programming Interface. Digital Humanities Quarterly. 9.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker; Gajjala, Radhika. 2015. Terrorists or cowards: negative portrayals of male Syrian refugees in social media. Feminist Media Studies. 16. 3 pages. doi: 10.1080/14680777.2016.1120493
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2014. Forskning bør være gratis. NRK Ytring. Published 2014-10-27.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2014. "Angsten for medienes umenneskeliggjørende virkning”: Fremtidsmedier sett gjennom science fiction. En respons til Jon Bing. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 21: 323-340.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2014. Visualising Networks of Electronic Literature: Dissertations and the Creative Works They Cite. Electronic Book Review (EBR). Published 2014-07-06.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2012. Electronic Literature Seen from a Distance: The Beginnings of a Field. Dichtung-Digital. 43.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker; Atzenbeck, Claus. 2011. Interview with Jill Walker Rettberg. ACM SIGWEB Newsletter. 14. doi: 10.1145/1874551.1874553
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2009. Blogs, Literacies and the Collapse of Private and Public. Leonardo Electronic Almanac. 16. 10 pages.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2009. Mediesamfunnet, institusjoner og digitale fortellinger. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 16: 403-406.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2009. "Freshly Generated for You, and Barack Obama": How Social Media Represent Your Life. European Journal of Communication. 24: 451-466. doi: 10.1177/0267323109345715
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2009. 'Freshly Generated for You, and Barack Obama' How Social Media Represent Your Life. European Journal of Communication. 24: 451-466. doi: 10.1177/0267323109345715
  • Corneliussen, Hilde; Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2007. World of Warcraft som globalisert spillverden. Bergens Tidende. Published 2007-09-27.
  • Walker, Jill. 2007. Sex, politikk og YouTube. Bergens Tidende. Published 2007-07-11.
  • Walker, Jill. 2007. Litteratur på nettet: en innføring i elektronisk litteratur. Norsklæreren. 31: 59-60.
  • Walker, Jill. 2006. Internett forklart for teknologen og samfunnsviteren. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 13: 188-189.
  • Walker, Jill. 2005. Weblogs: Learning in Public. On the Horizon. 13: 112-118.
  • Walker, Jill. 2005. Links and Power: The Political Economy of Linking on the Web. Library Trends. 53: 524-529.
  • Walker, Jill. 2004. Noah Wardrip-Fruin: An interview & new work. The Iowa Review Web. Published 2004-06-01.
  • Walker, Jill. 2004. Kunst i bevegelse: Elektronisk kunst i offentlige rom. Ballade. Published 2004-09-15.
  • Walker, Jill. 2004. Response to Bill Seaman's article "Approaches to Interactive Text and Recombinant Poetics". The Electronic Book Review. 1 pages. Published 2004-03-23.
  • Walker, Jill. 2004. Kunst i bevegelse: Elektronisk kunst i offentlige rom. Ballade. Published 2004-09-15.
  • Walker, Jill. 2003. Nettverket som kunstrom - en introduksjon til kunst på internettet. Kunstkritikk.no. Published 2003-11-07.
  • Walker, Jill. 2002. Makten forrykkes på nettet. Bergens Tidende. Published 2002-09-22.
  • Walker, Jill. 2002. What We Will Have Become. American Book Review. 23: 13.
  • Walker, Jill; Brevik, Thomas. 2002. Blogg og bibliotek. Bob : Bok og bibliotek.
  • Walker, Jill. 2001. NIC 2001 - et nordisk alternativ? Kunstnett Norge.
  • Walker, Jill. 2001. jill/txt. jill/txt.
  • Walker, Jill. 2001. Child's Game Confused: Reading Juliet Ann Martin's oooxxxooo. JoDI: Journal of Digtial Information.
  • Walker, Jill. 2000. Men er det litteratur? Bob : Bok og bibliotek. 67: 22-25.
  • Walker, Jill. 2000. Reagan Libraries. Kunstnett Norge. Published 2000-05-03.
  • Walker, Jill. 2000. Men hvorfor virker ikke musen? Kunstnett Norge. Published 2000-11-02.
  • Walker, Jill. 1999. Jeg taster, derfor er jeg. Studvest. 54. 1 pages.
  • Walker, Jill. 1999. Norges første hypertekstfortelling. Bergens Tidende.
Reports and theses
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker; Due, Beathe; Pedersen, Per Egil; Waterhouse, Torgeir; Bakås, Tone Hoddø; Nortvedt, Thomas; Madsen, Kristine; Martinsen, Per; Leknes, Jørund. 2013. NOU 2013: 2 Hindre for digital verdiskaping. Norges offentlige utredninger, Oslo. 130 pages.
  • Walker, Jill. 1998. Hypertextual Criticism: Comparative Readings of Three Web Hypertexts about Literature and Film. 109 pages.
Book sections
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2018. Apps as Companions: How Quantified Self Apps Become Our Audience and Our Companions. Chapter 2, pages 27-42. In:
    • Ajana, Btihaj. 2018. Self-Tracking: Empirical and Philosophical Investigations. Palgrave Macmillan. 154 pages. ISBN: 978-3-319-65378-5.
  • Albury, Kath; Leaver, Tama; Marwick, Alice; Rettberg, Jill Walker; Senft, Theresa. 2017. The Selfie Course: More than a MOOC. 12, pages 168-182. In:
    • Bennett, Rebecca; Kent, Mike. 2017. Massive Open Online Courses and Higher Education: What Went Right, What Went Wrong and Where to Next? Routledge. 192 pages. ISBN: 9781472481986.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2017. Biometric Citizens: Adapting Our Selfies To Machine Vision. chapter, pages 89-96. In:
    • Kuntsman, Adi. 2017. Selfie Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan. 200 pages. ISBN: 978-3-319-45269-2.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2016. Machine Vision as Viewed Through Art. Hostile Other or Part of Ourselves? Chapter. In:
    • Moutinho, Ana; Vicente, Ana Teresa; Ferreria, Helena; Gomes Pinto, José; Primo, Judite. 2016. Post-Screen: Intermittance + Interference. 300 pages. ISBN: 978-989-8771-56-8.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2014. Hoaxes. -. In:
    • Ryan, Marie-Laure; Robertson, Benjamin; Emerson, Lori. 2014. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. Johns Hopkins University Press. 560 pages. ISBN: 1421412241.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2014. Email Novel. -. In:
    • Ryan, Marie-Laure; Robertson, Benjamin; Emerson, Lori. 2014. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. Johns Hopkins University Press. 560 pages. ISBN: 1421412241.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker; Tomaszek, Patricia. 2014. Electronic Literature Communities. 2, pages 41-57. In:
    • Rettberg, Scott; Baldwin, Sandy. 2014. Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice: A Report from the HERA Joint Research Project. West Virginia University Press. 419 pages. ISBN: 978-82-999089-3-1.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2013. Norsk blogghistorie: erindringer fra årtusenskiftet. 1, pages 23-36. In:
    • Bjørkelo, Kristian A. 2013. Gi meg en scene! Norsk blogghistorie - ti år med terror, traumer og dagens outfit. Humanist Forlag. 300 pages. ISBN: 978-82-8282-035-6.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2010. Feral hypertext: When hypertext literature escapes control. Chapter, pages 477-492. In:
    • Hunsinger, Jeremy; Klastrup, Lisbeth; Allen, Matthew. 2010. International Handbook of Internet Research. Springer. 622 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4020-9788-1.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2010. Digitale tekster: blogging, Wikipedia og SMS. Kapittel 16, pages 185-196. In:
    • Kalleberg, Kirsten; Kleiveland, Astrid. 2010. Sakprosa i skolen. Fagbokforlaget. 437 pages. ISBN: 978-82-450-0921-7.
  • Rettberg, Scott; Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2010. Digital Media. Part III, pages 221-236. In:
    • Herman, David; McHale, Brian; Phelan, James. 2010. Teaching Narrative Theory. Modern Language Association of America. 326 pages. ISBN: 978-1-60329-080-7.
  • Corneliussen, Hilde G.; Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2008. Introduction: "Orc Professor LFG," or Researching in Azeroth. Introduction, pages 1-16. In:
    • Corneliussen, Hilde G.; Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2008. Digital Culture, Play, and Identity: A World of Warcraft Reader. MIT Press. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-0-262-03370-1.
  • Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2008. Quests in World of Warcraft: Deferral and Repetition. Chapter 8, pages 167-184. In:
    • Corneliussen, Hilde G.; Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2008. Digital Culture, Play, and Identity: A World of Warcraft Reader. MIT Press. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-0-262-03370-1.
  • Walker, Jill. 2007. A Network of Quests in World of Warcraft. Chapter, pages 307-310. In:
    • Harrigan, Pat; Wardrip-Fruin, Noah. 2007. Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media. MIT Press. 408 pages. ISBN: 978-0-262-08356-0.
  • Walker, Jill. 2006. Blogging from Inside the Ivory Tower. Chapter. In:
    • Bruns, Axel; Jacobs, Joanne. 2006. Uses of Blogs. Peter Lang Publishing Group. 267 pages. ISBN: 0-8204-8124-6.
  • Walker, Jill. 2005. Cyberpunk Fiction. -, pages 93. In:
    • Ryan, Marie-Laure; Herman, David; Jahn, Manfred. 2005. Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Routledge. 720 pages. ISBN: 0415282594.
  • Walker, Jill. 2005. Blog (weblog). -, pages 45. In:
    • Ryan, Marie-Laure; Herman, David; Jahn, Manfred. 2005. Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Routledge. 720 pages. ISBN: 0415282594.
  • Walker, Jill. 2005. Distributed Narrative: Telling Stories Across Networks. Artikkel, pages 91-103. In:
    • Consalvo, Mia; O'Riordan, Kate. 2005. Internet Research Annual. Peter Lang Publishing Group. 175 pages. ISBN: 0-8204-7856-3.
  • Walker, Jill. 2004. Tegnemaskin 1-12: Utsmykking på http://odin.dep.no. In:
    • Jahn, Elisabeth Tetens; Torgersen, Anneli. 2004. Utsmykkingsfondet for offentlige bygg: Årskatalog 2003.
  • Walker, Jill. 2004. Kunst i bevegelse - elektronisk kunst i offentlige rom. 7-12. In:
    • Dahl, Janne Stang; Rudi, Jøran. 2004. Elektronisk kunst i offentlige rom. 64 pages. ISBN: 82-996867-0-9.
  • Walker, Jill. 2004. Å lære å gi og motta konstruktiv kritikk gjennom medstudentvurdering. artikkel, pages 181-197. In:
    • Nordmo, Ivar. 2004. Universitetspedagogisk utviklingsarbeid i Bergen: Bidrag fra deltakerne i Utviklingsprogram i Universitetspedagogikk. 197 pages.
  • Walker, Jill. 2004. How I Was Played by Online Caroline. 302-309. In:
    • Wardrip-Fruin, Noah; Harrigan, Pat. 2004. First Person New Media as Story, Performance, and Game. MIT Press. 350 pages. ISBN: 0-262-23232-4.
  • Walker, Jill. 2004. Art in Motion: Electronic Art in Public Spaces. Artikkel. In:
    • Dahl, Janne Stang. 2004. Electronic Art in Public Space. PNEK/NOTAM, Oslo. 64 pages.
  • Walker, Jill; Mortensen, Torill. 2002. Blogging Thoughts: Personal Publication as an Online Research Tool. 249-279. In:
    • Morrison, Andrew. 2002. Researching ICTs in Context.
  • Walker, Jill. 2001. Do You Think You're Part of This? Digital Texts and the Second Person Address. 34-51. In:
    • Eskelinen, Markku; Koskimaa, Raine. 2001. Cybertext Yearbook 2000. ISBN: 951-39-0905-0.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

2017: John Lovaas Memorial Award, for the Snapchat Research Stories.

2006: Prize for Excellence in Research Dissemination (NOK 100,000 / $15,000) from the Meltzer Foundation.

1999: Ted Nelson Newcomer Award for best paper by a newcomer to the ACM Hypertext  conference.

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