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Dr Donna Leishman

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Donna Leishman

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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  • Social Semiotics, Leishman, D. 19 Apr 2023, Illustration Studies: New Approaches, New Directions Conference
  • To Have & To Hold: Female Social Imaginaries, Leishman, D. 8 Jun 2023, HASTAC 2023 Network
  • Design and Live Visuals, Leishman, D. 29 Jul 2022, Live Visuals, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Introduction, Vlachokyriakos, V., Yee, J., Frauenberger, C., Hurtado, M., Hansen, N., Strohmayer, A., Zyl, I., Dearden, A., Talhouk, R., Gatehouse, C., Leishman, D., Agid, S., Sciannamblo, M., Taylor, J., Botero, A., Gaudio, C., Akama, Y., Clarke, R., Vines, J. 19 Aug 2022, PDC '22, New York, US, ACM
  • Live Visuals: History, Theory, Practice, Gibson, S., Tanaka, A., Arisona, S., Leishman, D. 29 Jul 2022
  • Magna Marina: Cycle 14 Alt-w Production Award, Leishman, D. 5 Sep 2022
  • Presence and Live Visual Performance, Leishman, D. 29 Jul 2022, Live Visuals, London, Taylor & Francis
  • 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

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  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Empathy Mapping Ghosts of the Past: Designing Beyond the Rational 2023
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Live Visuals Theory and Practice 2022
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: PDC 2022: Participatory Design Conference 2022 2022
  • 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

  • Victoria Frith Designing for net zero: the sustainability challenge of the creative industry Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • 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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