Since its inception, Extending Play has staged keynotes like conversations, rather than lectures. We’re proud to carry on in that tradition for 2016, and we’re also happy to announce that these conversations will be moderated by outstanding recent Rutgers PhD alumni.


  • Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006), and Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT 2011).
  • Matthew Kirschenbaum is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the College of Information Studies at Maryland, and a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. His most recent book, Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, was published by Harvard University Press in 2016; with Pat Harrigan, he also recently co-edited Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming from the MIT Press (2016). He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.
  • Jesper Juul is a game designer and theorist. He is an associate professor at the Danish Design School. His recent bookHalf-Real: Video Games Between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds was published by MIT Press in 2005, and named by designer Ernest Adams as one of the “50 Books for Everyone in the Game Industry”.
  • Shaka McGlotten is Associate Professor of Media, Society and the Arts at Purchase College (State University of New York-Purchase), where he combines social science and humanities to study virtual intimacies, queer of color critique, and network culture studies. In 2014, McGlotten was a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin, and he is currently developing new projects that address the political aesthetics of drag performance.