Professor Soraya Murray is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on contemporary visual culture, with particular interest in contemporary art, cultural studies and games. Murray holds a Ph.D. in art history and visual studies from Cornell University, and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine. An Assistant Professor in the Film + Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she is also principal faculty in the Digital Arts + New Media MFA Program, and the Art + Design: Games + Playable Media Program.
Murray researches and teaches in the following areas:
- Visual culture studies including contemporary art, film, and electronic games
- Critical game studies
- New media art, theory, and criticism
- Theories of technology and globalization
- History of art and technology
- Science-fiction (utopia / dystopia / apocalypse / technothriller )
- Representations of otherness/race/class/gender/sexuality
“‘In this game that we’re playing’: Nineteen Eighty-Four and Videogames” in The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, ed. Nathan Waddell (Cambridge Companions to Literature). Forthcoming 2020.
“Playing Whiteness in Crisis in The Last of Us and Tomb Raider” in ToDIGRA Special Issue: The Game is the Message, Selected Articles from the 2018 International DIGRA Conference Vol 4, No 3 (2019): 117-146.
“Augmented Reality Bites: Black Mirror’s “Playtest” and the Unstable Now” in eds. Terence McSweeney and Stuart Joy, Through The Black Mirror: Deconstructing the Side Effects of the Digital Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
“The Poetics of Form and the Politics of Identity in Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation” in Kinephanos: Journal of Media Studies and Popular Culture, “History of Gender in Games” Special Issue, ed.: Gabrielle Trépanier-Jobin (June 2017)
Conversation with Artist in Kori Newkirk: Sometimes Always Perhaps Never [artist monograph] (Los Angeles: LM Projects, 2015)
“Threeview: Thief reviewed by a critic, an analyst, and an academic” in VentureBeat, http://venturebeat.com/2014/03/21/threeview-thief-reviewed-by-a-critic-an-analyst-and-an-academic/, March 21, 2014.
“Threeview: Grand Theft Auto V reviewed by a critic, an analyst, and an academic” in VentureBeat, http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/30/threeview-grand-theft-auto-v-reviewed-by-a-critic-an-analyst-and-an-academic/September 30, 2013.
“Threeview: The Last of Us reviewed by a critic, an analyst, and an academic” in VentureBeat, http://venturebeat.com/2013/07/01/threeview-the-last-of-us/, July 1, 2013.
“Theorizing New Media in a Global Context; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love New Media” in FILE Festival Catalog, Electronic Language International Festival, 2013, organized by Paula Perissinotto e Richard Barreto (São Paolo, Brazil: Thaïs Costa, 2013), 10-23. [translated into Portuguese]
“Theorizing New Media in a Global Context; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love New Media” in CTheory, http://ctheory.net/ctheory_wp/theorizing-new-media-in-a-global-context/, published November 13, 2012.
“Threeview: Call of Duty: Black Ops II reviewed by a critic, an analyst, and an academic” in VentureBeat, http://venturebeat.com/2012/12/04/threeview-call-of-duty-black- ops-ii/#mrJK2hur6sr24lMI.99, December 4, 2012.
“Threeview: Assassin’s Creed III reviewed by a critic, an analyst, and an academic” in VentureBeat, http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/20/threeview-assassins-creed- iii/, November 20, 2012.
“Public Ritual: William Pope.L and Exorcisms of Abject Otherness,” in Public Art Review, 2010.
“On Art and Contamination: Performing Authenticity in Global Art Practices,” Co-authored with Derek Conrad Murray, in Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 22/23 (Spring/Summer 2008): 88-93.