In this emerging scholars’ conversation, Jason Breiter, Lucinda Rasmussen, and Orly Lael Netzer summarize their experience as (first-time) guest editors of Biography‘s special issue “Auto/biography in Transit.” In response, Julie Rak reflects on the role of mentorship in academia and her experience leading this team.
Amin Ansari, a young Iranian novelist, reflects on transforming his novel Hunt into a transmedia project–creating a Facebook profile for his protagonist and using the Facebook Timeline as a way to blur the boundaries between fiction and life, transcend censorship, and explore the limits of readership.
When Facebook released its Timeline in late 2011, millions of real life stories were automatically narrated on users’ profiles. Timeline organized the unstructured feed of data that had previously detailed users’ interactions with the social media interface into a chronological autobiography on each profile page. Although many users tried to ignore or avoid the change, the Timeline eventually became an inherent element of the social media network. Now, status updates, life events and other personal material can be traced and categorized, creating a life story for each user.
While Timeline sparked discussions about users’ rights to privacy, for me as a creative writer, it also brought new possibilities for telling stories in a virtual space where lives and stories were being shared and narrated by everyday people. I was inspired to use Facebook to extend the world of my novel Hunt (2012) by creating a profile for the story’s protagonist Sohrab, a Tehran artist confined to his apartment following a suspicious disaster. Hunt became a transmedia project that used a printed novel and Facebook’s timeline as dual platforms for storytelling. Continue reading “Hunt: Using Facebook’s Timeline as a Platform for Storytelling”
Hi, we’re Maria, Orly and Emma. We wanted to introduce ourselves and let you know a bit about why we thought it was important to start this network for new scholars and graduate students (or postgraduates, depending on where you live!).