Workshop Description

This workshop aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum to bring together individuals from the humanities and technological communities to share work and discuss state-of-the-art research on narrative from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. It is part of the longest running workshop series at ACM Hypertext – running since 2011 – and has fostered numerous collaborations which have led to work published in the main conference as well as serving as an important discussion point for important issues facing the community. NHT has worked hard to serve as a focus point for the wider narrative and hypertext community and through NHT’s new sister workshop AIS the intention is for this workshop to act as a bridge to increase collaboration between the interactive narrative and hypertext research communities.

This year’s workshop will be a little different to previous editions. The focus of this year will be "The Narrative Systems and Interactive Digital Narrative Research Community". We are part of a wide reaching research community that stretches from Hypertext, to interactive storytelling, to electronic literature, to game based storytelling, and computational narrative. In this years edition of NHT we wish to host a discussion and debate on the disperate parts of this community, how they connect, and particularly their connections to Hypertext. HHow do these different views of IDN connect with one another? How can an understanding of these connections inform practice and research across all the communities? How can we better understand the geography of our wider research community?

Towards this end the workshop will be a half day discussion on this topic. While this will be an open discussion it will also be led by invited speakers - we ask that participants who would like to speak at the workshop submit an abstract of up to 300 words (to the organisers by email) describing your thoughts with regards to these communities and their relationships. The expectation is that time will be provided on the day for accepted abstracts to be presented.