Conference Organizing Committee
Margaret Konkol is an assistant professor of Modern and Contemporary American Literature and Digital Humanities at Old Dominion University. Her work addresses questions about the role of nature and technology in shaping material life and changing ideas about poetry’s role in society.
Brent Moberly holds a doctorate in medieval literature from Indiana University, where he still works as a software developer. He has collaborated with his brother Kevin Moberly on a number of articles, essays, and incidental pieces on medievalism in contemporary computer games and popular culture. Their most recent publication together, “Nine Men’s Medievalisms: Conquests of the Longbow, Nine Men’s Morris, and the Impossibilities of a Half-Forgotten Game’s Ludic Past” appears in Pleasure and Leisure from the Middle Ages to the early Nineteenth Century, edited by Dr. Albrecht Classen (De Gruyter, 2019). He and Kevin are currently working on a book-length study of medievalism and gaming, as well as chapters on steampunk and medievalism and Robin-Hood-themed computer-games.
Kevin Moberly is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Digital Media, and Game Studies in the English department at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His research focuses on understanding how digital manifestations of popular culture reflect, contribute to, and transform contemporary cultural, political, and historical discourses. In particular, he is interested in the ways that contemporary computer games encode labor, often blurring already uneasy distinctions between work and play. His work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals and scholarly collections, including Computers and Composition, Eludimos, Kairos, Works and Days, Studies in Medievalism and This Year’s Work in Medievalism. Kevin has received a number of awards while at ODU, including a Hixon Fellowship from the ODU English department, a university Teaching with Technology Award, and an Entsminger Entrepreneurial Fellowship.
Delores B. Phillips is an associate professor of English at Old Dominion University. She researches and teaches postcolonial theory and literature with a focus on food and waste. She seeks to interrupt the anodyne associations binding food and difference. In their place, she introduces intimacies forged in waste, connections made potent by being unanticipated and rooted in powerful feelings such as revulsion. Her work appears in Cultural Critique, Postcolonial Studies, and Reconstruction, as well as the Routledge Companion to African Literature, In Media Res: Race, Identity, and Pop Culture in the 21st Century, and Eating Asian American: A Food Studies Reader. She has participated in the hosting of two other international conferences at ODU: Shakespeare 400 Years After in 2016 and Computer Ethics—Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE) 2019