Challenges of IDN Research and Teaching

  • Hartmut KoenitzEmail author
  • Mirjam Palosaari Eladhari
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11869)


In this paper, we react to developments that frame research in interactive digital narrative (IDN) as a field of study and potential future academic discipline. We take stock of the current situation, identify issues with perception and point out achievements. On that basis we identify five critical challenges, areas in need of attention in order to move the research field forward. In particular we discuss the dependency on legacy analytical frameworks (Groundhog Day), the lack of a shared vocabulary (Babylonian Confusion), the missing institutional memory of the field (Amnesia), the absence of established benchmarks (No Yardstick) and the overproduction of uncoordinated and quickly abandoned tools (Sisyphus). For each challenge area, we propose ways to address these challenges and enable increased collaboration in the field. Our paper has the aim to both provide orientation for newcomers to the field of IDN and to offer a basis for a discussion of future shared work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HKU University of the Arts UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Södertörn UniversityHuddingeSweden

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