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Dr Donna Leishman

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Donna Leishman

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr Donna Leishman ( is a media artist and researcher; her work is a combination of critical writing and practice-led research in digital art. Her research career began in 1999, and has seen her cross disciplines such as electronic literature, ludology (the study of games), digital media and more recently human computer interaction, sociology and psychology. She investigates a variety of subjects such as social and literary identity, immersion and interactivity. Research themes include contemporary human activity within digital media: exploring how digitally mediated narratives extend authorship, reception and presence, what role media technologies have in forming or disturbing social identity and ultimately what art and design practices can offer to current debates and societal challenges.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Interview: The Metamorphoses of Front as a Narrative Told through Social Media Interface: A Conversation with Donna Leishman, Leishman, D., Coover, R., Baldwin, S. 28 Nov 2019, The Digital Imaginary, Bloomsbury
  • Perceptual fail: Female power, mobile technologies and images of self, Leishman, D. 10 Jul 2019, ELO 2019: Peripheries Conference and Media Arts Festival
  • A living room for the city, Leishman, D. 15 Sep 2018
  • Cautionary tale: Stories made and distributed through the internet, Leishman, D. 10 Aug 2018, In: MATLIT: Materialidades da Literatura
  • More eyes, different eyes., Leishman, D. 1 Nov 2018, In: Journal of Illustration
  • Narcissist reconfigured, Leishman, D. 12 Jul 2017, ILLUSTRATION et IDENTITÉ(S) / ILLUSTRATING IDENTITY-IES
  • Extinguish My Eyes And I See You Still, Leishman, D. 20 Oct 2016
  • Interventions:: Engaging the body politic exhibition, Leishman, D. 7 May 2015
  • The challenge of visuality for electronic literature: Conference Panel: The Medium, Leishman, D. 7 Aug 2015, ELO 2015: The end(s) of electronic literature, Bergen, ELMCIP / Irish Research Council & European Council

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Front & Data 2019
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Symposium: Without Sin: Freedom and Taboo in Digital Media. In: Without Sin: Freedom and Taboo in Digital Media 2014
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: ISEA 2011 Istanbul 2011
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: CHI 2011 2011

PGR Supervision

  • Emma Tominey Interrogating the cultural value of uk artist-led publishing Start Date: 18/01/2021
  • Emma Tominey Interrogating the cultural value of uk artist-led publishing Start Date: 18/01/2021 End Date: 08/03/2022


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