Dr. Richard A Carter is an academic and digital artist based in the United Kingdom. He is a Programme Convener and Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Roehampton. His subject expertise encompasses Digital Media, Culture, and Society (teaching and researching the cultural, social, and political impacts of digital media technologies, with specialisms in digital sensing and sense-making, science and technology studies, software studies, media archaeology, and gaming cultures). Digital Literature and Interactive Storytelling (research specialisms in electronic literature, virtual environments, gaming and simulation). Digital Art, Design, and Creative Coding (practicing digital artist, with content design and creation skills for digital environments, specialisms in creative coding and front-end website design).
Carter is interested in examining questions and issues concerning more-than-human agency within digital art and literature, considering how they generate insights into what it means to perceive, to come to know, and to act within the world. Carter’s research is embedded within his artistic practice, developing hybrid textual art objects that meditate on the potentialities of sensing, knowing, and writing at the intersection between human and machinic actors. In centring art at the core of his academic work, Carter aims to use technologies generatively in order to better explore and articulate the greater stories of which they are part.
As an undergraduate, Carter studied BA English with Media at University College Falmouth, graduating in 2010 with First Class honours. He pursued subsequently a Master’s in English at the University of Exeter, specialising in Criticism and Theory, and graduated from this with Distinction in 2011.
It was during his Master’s that Carter began exploring the varying relations between computing technology, creative expression, and nonhuman agency as these manifest within the context of ‘digital’ or ‘electronic’ works of literature – making this the subject of his final dissertation. In 2012 Carter was awarded an AHRC doctoral studentship in Science, Technology, and Culture to develop his research on this topic for his PhD thesis, “Textual Entanglements: A Performative Approach towards Digital Literature”, supervised by Prof. Regenia Gagnier (Exeter), Prof. Laura Salisbury (Exeter), and Dr. Matt Hayler (Birmingham). In April 2016 Carter passed his viva voce, examined by Prof. N. Katherine Hayles (Duke) and Prof. Gabriella Giannachi (Exeter).
After completing his PhD, Carter lectured on the BSc Interactive Media degree at the University of York, convening and delivering modules across all three years of the taught programme, including “Gaming: Industry and Culture”, “Interactive Media and Society”, and “Digital Culture, Aesthetics, and Storytelling”, as well as supervising both individual and group student projects.
For his delivery on the Interactive Media degree, Carter was nominated by senior staff in 2018 for the York Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award and was nominated by students, and then shortlisted, for the YUSU Excellence Awards under the category of “Teacher of the Year”.
In 2018 Carter was appointed as a Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Roehampton, taking a leading role in developing and delivering the first iteration of the all-new BA Digital Media degree programme. As of 2020, Carter is the Programme Convenor for this degree.
In 2021, Carter was nominated for an Aimhigher London Practitioner Award for his ability to “inspire and motivate learners, developing creative solutions within outreach activity, and acting as a positive role model to learners”. This nomination came from his work in supporting London school students and families in their engagement and understanding of Higher Education.
In August 2021, Carter was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Digital Media.