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Dr Donna Leishman

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria School of Design


Design Studies PhD June 01 2014

Key Publications

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  • Interview, Leishman, D., Coover, R., Baldwin, S. 28 Nov 2019, The Digital Imaginary, Bloomsbury
  • Perceptual fail, Leishman, D. 10 Jul 2019
  • A living room for the city, Leishman, D. 15 Sep 2018
  • Cautionary tale, 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
  • Extinguish My Eyes And I See You Still, Leishman, D. 20 Oct 2016
  • The challenge of visuality for electronic literature, Leishman, D. 7 Aug 2015, ELO 2015: The end(s) of electronic literature, Bergen, ELMCIP / Irish Research Council & European Council

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.


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