Make a Better Door: Or, how does digital humanism humanise?

Co-presented with the Digital Cultures program and the Department of English at the University of Sydney

25 October, 2011
Professor Stuart Moulthrop, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

A player/character in the most recent Portal game is literally locked out of her workplace and replaced by a pair of robots. From this resonant image of the human-computer interface a discussion will emerge to do with broader understandings of the digital humanities, media scholarship, and electronic literature. The focus for this approach will be the question famously posed by Richard Lanham's: "how do the humanities humanise?"

Mark Byron from the Department of English and Chris Chesher from Digital Cultures program at the University of Sydney moderated a conversation with Professor Moulthrop following his presentation.


Professor Stuart Moulthrop

Stuart Moulthrop is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is an electronic literature pioneer, both as a theoretician and as a writer, and has published many of articles on the topic of games, network literature and digital media theory. From 1995-99 he was co-editor of the online journal Postmodern Culture and he is a founding board member of the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO). His hypertext Victory Garden (1992) was featured on the front page of the New York Times Book Review in a (now famous) review by American literary critic Robert Coover. Moulthrop is also the author of the hypertext fiction works Reagan Library (1999), and Hegirascope (1995), amongst many others. His recent work engages with digital games and its interface with media theory, electronic writing and scandal. His current work in progress is "Sc4nda1 in New Media," an Arcade Essay that converges philosophical meditation with an actual video game. It can be accessed at

Professor Moulthrop is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Faculty of Life & Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology. This visit has also been supported by the School of Media and Communication, RMIT.