Astrid Ensslin's picture
Carlota Megias
  • E-mailAstrid.Ensslin@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Sydnesplassen 7
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen


My research sits at the multiple intersections between digital media/culture, literary studies and applied linguistics. My research involves numerous interdisciplinary projects, such as combining digital fiction research with body image psychology; and studying speech accents in videogames using machine learning techniques. Currently I'm working on a monograph project with Dr. Alice Bell (Sheffield Hallam), which examines reader/players of digital fiction (from hypertext to VR) from a cognitive-empirical narratological point of view.

Recent research projects include:

Follow this link for more information, for example about my past research projects, a full list of publications and my current CV.



My teaching has been mostly in media, communication and cultural studies, and particularly in digital media, videogames, electronic literature and digital fiction, digital humanities, and transmedial narratology. At graduate level, I have taught grant writing, project development, as well as research skills and methods.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2022). The possibilities of illness narratives in virtual reality for bodies at the margins. Digital Creativity. 128-156.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Divine intervention: Multimodal pragmatics and unconventional opposition in performed character speech in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series. 205-227.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Developing a Choice-Based Digital Fiction for Body Image Bibliotherapy. Frontiers in Communication.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Video Games in/as Digital Humanities? Corpora, Code and Critical Co-Design .
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2021). Videogames, Digital Fiction, and the Unnatural.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Posthuman Healing and Critical Digital Fiction Co-Design.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Literary Gaming: Digital Culture Between Narrative Play and Electronic Literature.
  • Show author(s) (2021). "On the Effect(s) of Living Backwards”: A Platform-critical, Collaborative Analysis of Kathryn Cramer’s In Small & Large Pieces.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) (2021). Digital Fiction and the Unnatural: Transmedial Narrative Theory, Method, and Analysis.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Traversal of Richard Smyth’s ‘Genetis: A Rhizography'.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Traversal of Kathy Mac’s Unnatural Habitats.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Kathryn Cramer’s Traversal of “In Small & Large Pieces”.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2021). Unnatural Spaces in The Pickle Index: Inscrutable Mapping and Post-digital Dys-topicalization.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Reading Hyperlinks in Digital Fiction: an Empirical Approach.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Bodies in E-lit. 12 pages.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

For a complete, up-to-date list of publications and other research activities please visit: https://astridensslin.wordpress.com/publications/

  • Great Supervisor Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta, 2020
  • N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature, 2019, second prize, for Small Screen Fictions
  • Research Excellence Award (Professor), University of Alberta, Faculty of Arts (2019)
  • MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association, UK) Poster Prize (2009)
  • First Prize, Teaching Excellence Awards, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Leeds (UK) (2004)
  • Director of the Electronic Literature Organization (since 2017/2018)
  • Director of the Faculty of Arts “Digital Synergies” signature area of research and creative collaboration (2019-2020)
  • Editor, Cambridge University Press Elements book series, “Digital Fiction”
  • Principal Editor, Bloomsbury “Electronic Literature” book series
  • Editorial Board member: Discourse, Context and Media (Elsevier), Digital Culture & Society (transcript / de Gruyter) and Game Studies 
  • Member of the ESF (European Science Foundation) College of Expert Reviewers
  • Peer reviewer and/or adjudication committee member, e.g. for the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency (Horizon 2020); Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; Arts and Humanities Research Council UK; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Leverhulme Trust (UK); Irish Research Council; Council for the Humanities of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research; Austrian Science Fund; Fond National de la Recherche Luxembourg.
  • Advisor to Innovate UK and RCUK (Research Councils UK) on their Creative Content Industries Delivery Plan for 2015/16, Oct 2014
  • Advisor to the European Science Foundation on its Forward Look on ‘Media Studies: new media and new literacies’, May 2012.