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Dr Alistair Brown

Assistant Professor (Teaching), Digital Humanities and Modern Literature

Assistant Professor (Teaching), Digital Humanities and Modern Literature in the Department of English Studies
PDRA in the Business School+44 (0) 191 33 40471


Office Hours

Mondays, 14.00-15.00 (term time). No need to book, just drop in via Zoom.

I am Assistant Professor (Teaching) in Digital Humanities and Modern Literature, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My research and scholarship interests cover the digital humanities, digital pedagogy and learning technology, and the creative industries. I have a particular specialism in video games and literature, and the use of VR and 360 video in teaching and learning English.

If you're interested in what I do or want to work together, please email or reach me on LinkedIn.


I teach on various modules within English Studies at Durham, including a Level 3 special topic on video games and literary adaptation. Other modules include Literary Theory and the MA dissertation, as well as digital humanities for the Liberal Arts programme.

I was (2022-2023) Principal Investigator for 'Theatre in the Round', a scholarship project funded by Durham Centre for Academic Development that examines whether the use of 360 video and virtual reality headsets might enhance students' ability to perceive critical issues in dramatic performance. 

I also collaborate with Dr Teti Dragas on Durham's Digital Storytelling programme, where we pioneered the use of DS in English Studies.

Alongside Durham, I teach as an Associate Lecturer in Arts at the Open University. I previously taught Theory at the University of Sunderland and Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Impact and Engagement

Alongside teaching within the Department I edit and maintain the award-winning research and dissemination blog, Research in English At Durham (READ), and associated social media feeds; this has one of the widest reaches of any English department on social media in the UK.

I have been involved in digital projects in the cultural and education sector since 2003. Recent web developments include Records of Early English Drama North East and the James Shirley Project, which included custom databases and GIS methods for the visualisation of textual and archival data. I have competencies in HTML, CSS, PHP/SQL, Javascript/Ajax. I also serve as technical advisor to the Postgraduate English and Kaleidoscope journals, having led their transition to Open Journal Systems publishing.


I research broadly in the fields of contemporary fiction, science fiction, and the digital humanities. I am preparing a monograph on Demons of the Digital Age: Artificial Intelligence and Simulation in Literature, Cinema and Video Games and am drafting a second on Video Games and Literary Adaptation.

From November 2017 to March 2019 I was post-doctoral research associate on the project Creative Fuse North East, which seeks to enhance the innovative work of creative, digital and IT businesses by engaging them with universities. I maintain an interest in creativity, the crossover of skills between the arts and humanities and digital, and cultural metrics; this research informs current scholarship projects on equipping English graduates with the digital skills required by the creative industries.


Research interests

  • Cyberfiction
  • Digital humanities
  • Narratology
  • Postmodernism
  • Video game narratives

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