Dr Jeneen Naji

Media Studies, Arts and Humanities Institute

Associate Professor

0.26 Iontas Building
(01) 708 3521


Dr. Jeneen Naji is Digital Media Practice Faculty in the Department of Media Studies in Maynooth University, Ireland where she lectures on the B.A. Media Studies, the M.A. in Critical and Creative Media and the BSc Multimedia, Mobile & Web Development run with the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Naji’s research is in the area of digital culture specifically exploring the impact of the digital apparatus on poetic expression. She is also a convener and founding member of the Maynooth University Digital Arts & Humanities Research Cluster. Dr. Naji is also a member of the international editorial review board of the International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL) and a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar.

Research Interests

My research areas areas: - the critical analysis of existing and emerging digital culture artefacts. -the impact of digital technologies on human creative expression. -the affordances and constraints of the digital medium as they relate to the changing form of poetic expression from analogue to digital. -the use of the digital apparatus within a gestural and haptic interaction framework for creative practice. - electronic literature and digital literacy.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date Amount
Reading Digital Narratives in Convergence Culture: "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" as Cybertext PI My research study will explore how readers engage with and experience a digital narrative by critically analysing a recent web series. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is an updated version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice which reimagines Austen’s original story from a 21st century perspective. This project will be one of the first scholarly, academic studies of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and will use Espen Aarseth’s theories to examine the narrative as a cybertext, a dynamic text that organises and presents different outputs to a reader based on how she navigates through it. My critical analysis will consider how digital technologies affect a narrative’s form, perspective, characters and setting, while also considering how these digital versions of analogue stories open new avenues of research in the electronic literature field. A series of surveys and interviews with readers of digital narratives will provide an understanding of how they consume these cybertexts, focusing on how The Lizzie Bennet Diaries deconstructs and alters Austen’s story for Internet audiences. In addition to Aarseth, the theoretical foundation of my dissertation will include Meikle and Young’s theory of textual media convergence. I will target influential producers and creators within the digital narrative world for interviews, and to disseminate my results and findings. I will identify additional survey and interview participants through outreach via social media websites. At its conclusion, my results will help inform the creation and study of new digital narratives in the future. As a researcher, I am particularly well suited to undertake this type of project, given my previous undergraduate and graduate degrees in literary studies and digital humanities. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary nature of this proposal will draw from both the Media Studies and the Digital Humanities departments at Maynooth University, emphasising the collaborative study of two evolving, interlinked and growing fields. 01/10/2016 30/09/2019 71632
tbc PI 01/09/2014 30/11/2014
Building City Dashboards Co Principal Investigator This project will address how to build more extensive and effective city dashboards. It will tackle three sets of fundamental problems: data issues; visualisation/interaction issues; and analytics/modelling issues. It will use the solutions to undertake applied research that significantly extends the Dublin Dashboard through the development and testing of a new suite of querying, modelling and prediction/simulation modules and novel forms of multimedia interaction, including virtual reality, the projection of data onto architectural models, and converting data into audio-textual forms. This testbed will provide a template to develop, implement and test a Cork Dashboard and influence dashboard development globally. 05/09/2016 29/08/2021
H2020 ERC Proposal Support: Starter Grant PI 15/05/2015 14/02/2016 5716

Post Doctoral Fellows / Research Team

Researcher Name Project Funding Body
10992 Building City Dashboards
10937 Building City Dashboards
15218 Building City Dashboards
15211 Building City Dashboards


Year Publication
2021 Naji, J. (2021) Digital Poetry. London: Palgrave Pivot.
2019 Naji J., Subramaniam G., & White G. (2019) New Approaches to Literature for Language Learning. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. [Link] [DOI]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Naji, Jeneen (2021) 'Mobile Electronic Literature' In: Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: Contexts, Forms & Practices. London : Bloomsbury.
2017 Naji J. (2017) 'Digital poetry evolution and the art of machines' In: #WomenTechLit.
2015 Naji, J. (2015) 'Repurposing in Electronic Literature: technology and the expressive continuum' In: Repurposing in Electronic Literature. Košice : Dive Buki.
2013 Naji, J. (2013) 'Poetic Machines' In: Fowley, C., English, C. & Thouësny S(Eds.). Internet Research,Theory, and Practice: Perspectives from Ireland. : research-publishing.net.
2013 Naji, J. (2013) 'Poetic Machines - the essentiality of the human and the machine to digital creative expression' In: Felicia, P(Eds.). Game-Based Learning: Opportunities and Challenges:. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
2011 Naji, J. (2011) 'Interactive Poetry - New Content for new Technologies' In: Vukanovic, Z. & Faustino, P(Eds.). Managing Media Economy, Media Content and Technology in the Age of Digital Convergence. Lisbon : Media XXI.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2020 Naji, J. (2020) 'The Rubayaat'. technoculture: an online journal of technology in, 10 (2020).
2019 Naji, J. (2019) 'The Art of Machine Use Subversion in Digital Poetry'. Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, 20 (2019). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Naji, Jeneen (2017) 'Back to the Book: Tempest and Funkhouser’s Retro Translations'. Electronic Book Review, . [Link] [Full-Text]
2016 Jarrett, Kylie and Jeneen Naji (2016) 'What Would Media Studies Do? Social media Shakespeare as a technosocial process'. BORROWERS AND LENDERS: THE JOURNAL OF SHAKESPEARE AND APPROPRIATION, . [Link] [Full-Text]
2013 Dr Jeneen Naji (2013) 'Simulated stereotypes turning the unreal real: An analysis ofrepresentations of the ‘Other’ in traditional media forms and digital games'. Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research, 6 (2 + 3):115-131. [DOI] [Full-Text]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2012 Timoney, Joseph and Lazzarini, Victor and Naji, Jeneen (2012) 'INTERCEPT – Interdisciplinary New Technologies for Entrants to Reinforce Creativity, Enthusiasm, and Practical Thinking' Teaching Fellowships 2012 – 2013, :18-19. [Link]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2018 Naji, J. (2018) EVA Copenhagen 2018 - Politics of the Machines - Art and After The Posthuman Poetics of Instagram Poetry [Link] http://dx.doi.org/10.14236/ewic/EVAC18.1 [Full-Text]
2010 Naji, J. (2010) EuroITV’10 Proceedings of the 8th international interactive conference on Interactive TV&Video Interactive Poetry: poets and programmers [Link]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2020 Naji, J.;Dawkins, O.; Young, G.; Stehle, S. (2020) Mirrorworlds: Mixed Reality Urban Spaces & Human Truth Media City Panel, MeCCSA 2020 University of Brighton, 08/01/2020-10/01/2020.
2019 Naji, J. Young, G., Stehle, S. (2019) 58th ERSA Congress “Places for People: Innovative, Inclusive and liveable Regions Place in Virtual Space: an analysis of geospatial data narratives presented in cross-reality visualisations University College Cork, 28/10/2019-31/10/2019.
2019 Naji, J. Goodith, W. (2019) LiLLT Conference 2019 Research in Literature in Language Learning Environments: Patterns and Possibilities The AILA Literature in Language Learning and Teaching Research Network University of Erfurt, 29/08/2019-31/10/2019.

Published Report

Year Publication
2020 O’ Brien, A., Arnold, S. Culloty, E. Naji, J. (2020) Global Alliance on Media and Gender Country Report on Ireland. GAMAG, .


Year Publication
2014 Naji, J. (2014) Rolling Stone Magazine and the Curious Case of the Muslim in the Neighbourhood. BLOG [Link]
2013 Naji, J. (2013) Where are the women?. BLOG [Link]
2012 Naji, J. (2012) Who Represents the Users?”. BLOG [Link]


Year Publication
2012 Naji, J. (2012) Poetic Machines: an investigation into the impact of the characteristics of the digital apparatus on poetic expression. Dublin City University: THES http://doras.dcu.ie/17481/


Year Publication
2019 Naji, Jeneen (2019) Ice cream Thoughts. Norway: EXHIB [Link]
2017 Naji, J. (2017) The Rubayaat. The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale: EXHIB [Link]
2017 Wilks, Naji, Husárová, Mencía (2017) UpsideDown Chandeli. University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal: EXHIB [Link]
2014 Wilks, C., Naji, J., Husárová, Z., Mencia, M. (2014) UpsideDown Chandelier. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, U.S.A: EXHIB
2013 Wilks, C., Naji, J., Husárová, Z., Mencia, M. (2013) Upside Down Chandelier. DIG Gallery, Košice, Slovakia: EXHIB
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Electronic Literature Organisation Member -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2012 Teaching & Learning Fellowship Maynooth University
01/01/2014 Fulbright TechImpact Fulbright Commission


Committee Function From / To
Campus Life Member -
Governing Authority Staff Representative -