Soraya Murray

Soraya Murray

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Professor Soraya Murray is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on technology, science and visual culture, with particular interest in contemporary art, film and video games. Murray holds a Ph.D. in art history and visual studies from Cornell University. An Associate Professor in the Film & Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Murray studies technological representations (such as the playable simulations of video games), as well as the representations of  advanced technology, science and innovation in film and visual culture. Murray's writings are published in Art JournalNka: Journal of Contemporary African ArtCTheoryPublic Art ReviewThird TextROMchipPAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, and Critical Inquiry. Her writings are anthologized nationally and internationally. Most recently, she has contributed to the anthology The Cambridge Companion to Nineteen Eighty-Four, ed. Nathan Waddell (Cambridge U. Press, 2020), How to Play Video Games, eds. Nina Huntemann and Matthew Payne (NYU Press, 2019); and Through the Black Mirror: Deconstructing the Side Effects of the Digital Ageeds. Terence McSweeney and Stuart Joy (Palgrave, 2019). Her two anthologized essays on the military game genre, gender and race may be found in Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Gameseds. Jennifer Malkowski and TreaAndrea M. Russworm (Indiana University Press, 2017) and in Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming, eds. Pat Harrigan and Matthew G. Kirschenbaum (The MIT Press, 2016). Murray's first book, On Video Games: The Visual Politics of Race, Gender and Space (I.B. Tauris, 2018), focuses on post-9/11 era mainstream games and considers how they both mirror and are constitutive of larger societal fears, dreams, hopes and even complex struggles for recognition. In February 2021, On Video Games was replublished in paperback.

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In 2017, my course, Video Games as Visual Culture was selected for the annual Arts Dean's Lecture Series. See more details of the innovative thinkers in games invited HERE.

Professor Murray is not accepting new graduate students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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