Masterclass with Janet Murray, 29 Sept. 2017

On Sept. 29 2017 I co-organized a Masterclass with Janet Murray:In a masterclass with the renowned scholar and interaction designer Janet Murray we shall explore how interactive narratives can help to create engaging experiences, and support people’s critical and problem-solving capacities. During the masterclass, students will work on creating a concept and very rough prototype for such an intertactive narrative, under the guidance of Janet Murray and UU staff.

The masterclass is part of a collaboration between Utrecht University’s Media & Culture Studies department (MCW) with the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) in the framework of the “NFF Interactive: Storyspace” program. This program takes place on 27-28 Sept 2017, where Janet Murray will give a keynote talk (on 28 Sept. 13:00 – 13:40). See

Janet H. Murray’s seminal book Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace (1997) has been an essential read for everyone interesting in the future of storytelling through digital media. Her work has been critical in establishing the foundational thinking about the potential of games as storytelling platforms within the then emerging field of game studies. Recently, an updated version of Hamlet on the Holodeck was released which renewed a long-lasting discussion on the relationship between games and narratives, showing that the book’s concepts are still seen as both relevant and controversial. As an internationally recognized interaction designer, Murray kept pushing boundaries of digital media’s potential resulting in the book Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice (2011), hailed by Henry Jenkins as “an epic accomplishment, one which we will all be mining for years to come”. Murray currently is Ivan Allen College Dean’s Professor at the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology.


The lecture is hosted by Utrecht University’s expertise centre Co.Laborations; the Media, Arts, and Performance Studies RMA program, and kindly supported by RMeS.



The programme will look as follows:


14:00 Welcome by Michiel de Lange (chair), introduction

14:10 Short introduction Janet Murray about interactive narrative

14:30 Students will work in teams on a concept and/or rough prototype of an inteactive narrative, under guidance of Janet Murray, Nanna Verhoeff, and Michiel de Lange.

16:00 Round of public presentations + short comments and reflections by Janet Murray.

17:00 Closing


Preparation and readings:

Suggested reading: “Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace” (Updated Edition) by Janet H. Murray.


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