I am a Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Teacher of Record in the Department of English at the University of Florida, specializing in
comparative media studies, digital humanities, and embodied rhetorics. I teach, research, and publish broadly across intersections between literature, film, and digital media. My current research project, Post-Digital Touch: Writing Embodiments, Affective Interfaces, and Haptic Media, builds from my published and forthcoming work to account for the importance of touch to textual encounters in an age of ubiquitous computing devices which change the ways we compose our media and our bodily selves. In addition to my research agenda and teaching record, I am a 2016-2018 HASTAC scholar, founding member of the TRACE Innovation Initiative, and coordinator of interdisciplinary digital humanities conferences and workshops at UF.


University of Florida, Ph.D. in English, expected 2019

Clemson University, M.A. in English, 2014

Emmanuel College, B.A. in English, 2012


“From Codex to Ludex: Paper Machines, Digital Games, and Haptic Subjectivities.” Publije: e-Revue de critique littéraire 8, forthcoming December, 2018.

“Locked in Translation: ‘Digital’ Literature and the Embodied Frameworks of Language.” Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures 19, forthcoming November, 2018.

“Haunted Objects, Networked Subjects: The Nightmarish Nostalgia of Creepypasta.” (co-authored with Kevin Cooley) Horror Studies 9.1, forthcoming November, 2018.

“The Page is a Touchscreen: Haptic Narratives and ‘Novel’ Media.” Paradoxa 29, 2018. http://calebandrewmilligan.com/files/articles/Paradoxa.pdf

“Virtually Historical: Performing Dark Tourism through Alternate History Games.” Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads. Ed. Kathryn McDaniel. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. http://calebandrewmilligan.com/files/articles/Tourism.pdf

“Haptic Heuretics.” (co-authored with Jason Crider) Textshop Experiments 4, 2018. http://textshopexperiments.org/textshop04/haptic-heuretics-electrate-tinkering/

“En(Twine)d with Ergodic Rhetoric.” Computers and Composition Online, 2017.  http://cconlinejournal.org/milligan.html

“Participating in ‘1984’: The Surveillance of Sousveillance from White Noise to Right Now.” Spaces of Surveillance: States and Selves. Eds. Susan Flynn and Antonia Mackay. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.  http://calebandrewmilligan.com/files/articles/Surveillance.pdf

“Uncomfortable in the New Flesh: Adapting Body Horror in the Cinema of David Cronenberg.” Trespassing Journal 6, 2017.  http://trespassingjournal.org/Issue6/TPJ_I6_Milligan_Article.pdf

“The Viral Image: Transmedia Mise-en-scène in the Fictional Real.” Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film and Visual Narration 1, 2016.  http://calebandrewmilligan.com/files/articles/Mise-en-scene.pdf

Blog Posts


    Post-Digital Touch: Writing Embodiments, Affective Interfaces, and Haptic Media 


    This project will serve as my dissertation, in which I propose that the way we read is changing with the way we touch. It builds from my published and forthcoming work to account for the importance of touch to textual encounters in an age of ubiquitous computing devices which change the ways we compose our media and our bodily selves. Arguing for touching as a way of writing embodiment, I propose “writing embodiments” as texts, ranging from print and analogue to digital, which demonstrate how textual bodies and corporeal bodies are always intertwined and thus influence each other. Ultimately, I argue that writing embodiments advance cultural and materialist approaches which highlight through the haptic new ways to value embodiment as a diverse and highly contextual condition. This textual, tactile intervention into literary, film, and game studies scholarship critiques the cultural conceits of constantly upgrading media, from page to screen to touchscreen and beyond, which renegotiate concepts of embodiment.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Rewriting Against Obsolescence: The Tentacular Life of Media After the Anthropocene.” (co-presented with Elizabeth Chamberlain) The Conference on College Composition and Communication (forthcoming March 2019).

    “The Textual in the Tactual: Gestural Manipulation as Grammatization across Media,” Roundtable: How Do Computers Read?. Modern Language Assocation Conference (forthcoming January 2019).


    CWSO, Creative Writing Studies Organization

    DiGRA, Digital Games Research Association

    ELO, Electronic Literature Organization

    MLA, Modern Language Association

    NCTE, National Council of Teachers of English

    RSA, Rhetoric Society of America

    SCMS, Society for Cinema and Media Studies

    SHARP, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing

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