Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
Research Presentation: Virtual Enlightenment: Sensory Immersion, Video Games, and the Future of Digital Humanities
Jeff Leichman is Associate Professor in the Department of French Studies at Louisiana State University. His research focuses on theatrical literature and performance culture from the early modern period through the present. His first book, Acting Up: Staging the Subject in Enlightenment France, was published by Bucknell University Press in 2016. Dr Leichman is co-Principal Investigator, with Professor Françoise Rubellin at the Université de Nantes, on an NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant for the V-ESPACE (Virtual Early modern Spectacles and Publics, Active and Collaborative Environment) project, an international collaboration between humanists and computer scientists to design and implement a virtual reality video game based on early-eighteenth-century Parisian Fair theatre, which is the subject of his presentation today.