dr. T. (Thijs) van den Berg

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Engelse taal en cultuur
  • Visiting address
    Spuistraat 134  Amsterdam
  • Postal address:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
  • T.vandenBerg@uva.nl

My research investigates the relationship between cultures of science and narrative. I am interested in the consequences of technological change, and close read fiction to better understand how such developments affect the way we see and understand the world around us. I am particularly interested in the influence of telecommunication technologies on conceptualizations of space, as well as the role technology plays in the serial transmission of narrative.

In December 2012, I successfully defended my PhD thesis entitled A History of Our Connected Future: Dystopia, Telecommunication Technology and Space, which was supervised by Dr. J. Goggin and Prof. C.P. Lindner. In 2014 I co-edited a collection of essays that investigate serial fiction and media, with Dr. R. Allen, and which was published with Routledge. Currently I am working on a book proposal based on my PhD. It is tentatively entitled Sedentary Spaces: Telecommunication Technologies in the Urban Imagination of Early-20th Century Fiction and investigates urban fantasies in such texts as Kipling's "Wireless", James' "In the Cage" and E.M. Forster's "The Machine Stops".

I teach several courses at the UvA as well as the HvA on a range of literary and cultural topics, both at BA and MA level. In my spare time, such as it is, I develop video games (www.rainysundayafternoon.com) and head the Amsterdam Indie Gamer Meetup chapter (http://www.meetup.com/Amsterdam-Indie-Game-Developers). 

  • Allen, Rob & Thijs van den Berg eds. Serialization in Popular Culture. New York: Routledge, 2014. Print.
  • “Just One More Turn: Player Control and Addiction.” Ctrl-Alt-Play: Essays on Control in Video Gaming. Ed. Matthew Wysocki. Jefferson: McFarland, 2013. Print.
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four and ‘1984’: Apple’s Use of Dystopian Poetics in iCommodification.” Journal of Literature and Science 5.1 (2012): 98-124. Web.
  • “Playing at Resisting Capitalism: BioShock  as the Reification of Neoliberal Ideals.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 12.3 (2012): n. page. Web.
  • “Business is Good at the Market Place's Demise: BioShock and the Representation of the End of Capitalism”, paper presentation at the British Society for Literature and Science 2011 conference, Cambridge
  • “The Story of War: Narrative Technology in H.G. Wells’ The War of the        Worlds and Miniature Wargaming”, paper presentation at the British Society for Literature and Science 2010 conference, Newcastle
  • “Desert Planets and Giant Sandworms: Hyperdiegetic Narrative Levels in SF”, paper presentation at the International Conference on Narrative 2009, Birmingham


  • van den Berg, T. (2012). A history of our connected future: dystopia, telecommunication technology and space [details / files]
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