Jason Farman is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow with the Digital Cultures & Creativity undergraduate honors program. He also works closely with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). He received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies and Digital Media from UCLA in 2006. Farman’s research includes mobile technologies, social media, videogames, digital storytelling, digital performance art, surveillance, and embodiment. He has published in the journals New Media & Society, Communication Quarterly, and Contemporary Theatre Review. His most recent project is a book manuscript titled Mobile Interface Theory (Routledge, 2011), which investigates the changing conceptions of embodiment and space in pervasive computing culture. This work focuses on the uses of mobile technologies for the creation of performance art, site-specific narrative, and gaming.

  • Mobile Media Culture


    Hi everyone,

    I would love to have a session devoted to discussing some issues relevant to mobile media culture. Possible topics of interest to me include:

    • Site-specific storytelling with mobile devices
    • Mobile and pervasive games
    • Performance and art using mobile media
    • Locative social media
    • Changes in spatial experiences due to mobile technologies (e.g. the reassertion of proximity)
    • Social changes brought about from the mobile internet (including site-specificity of information, effects on time/space/embodiment, and the evolution of content)
    • Mobile media and the digital divide

    Those are a handful of the big ideas that I’m interested in and we can absolutely narrow it down if you are interested in discussing some of these topics. I would also be up for either creating a location-based narrative, playing some mobile games (from geocaching to Gigaputt), or going Foursquare badge hunting with any of you during the conference!

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