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Ben Scott Aslinger

Associate Professor, English and Media Studies
Ph.D., Univ of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
MA, Miami University-Oxford, 2005
BS, Northwestern University, 2001
Office: Adamian Academic Center 075 | 781.891._2944 | baslinger@bentley.edu
                       


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Bio

Dr. Aslinger received his undergraduate degree in performance studies and a certificate in the Creative Writing for the Media program at Northwestern University. He received his M.A. in Mass Communication from Miami University and his Ph.D. in Media and Cultural Studies from the Department of Communication Arts at University of Wisconsin. He is the coeditor (with Nina Huntemann, Suffolk University) of Gaming Globally: Production, Play, and Place (Palgrave 2013). In a review in Choice, A.J. Wharton (Duke University) writes, “The collection shifts the academy's familiar focus on the subject content and technological innovation in video games to their production… Well edited and properly documented, this collection provides useful insights for those who study the acts of video games on the globalized stage.” His work has appeared in journals such as Cinema Journal, Media, Culture & Society, The Velvet Light Trap, and Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture. Book chapters have appeared in collections published by Routledge, NYU Press, Palgrave, Wiley-Blackwell, Rutgers, Peter Lang, and McFarland. He has authored encyclopedia entries for the Encyclopedia of Video Games: The Culture, Technology, and Art of Gaming, Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States, and LGBTQ America Today. Dr. Aslinger’s research and teaching interests include media theory, media industries, gender and sexuality in media, cultural studies, and global/transnational media.

Teaching Interests

Media Studies; Gender/Sexuality and Media; Media Industries; Global/Transnational Media

Research Interests

Media Studies; Gender/Sexuality and Media; Media Industries; Global/Transnational Media

Professional Links

http://about.me/benaslinger#

Professional Memberships

International Communication Association
Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Awards and Honors

2014, Deans Fund for International Travel, Bentley University
2013, Innovation In Teaching Award, Bentley University
2011, Deans Fund for International Travel, Bentley University
2011, Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, Bentley University
2010, Publication Award, Bentley University
2009, Bentley University Publication Award

Publications

Journal Article(s)
Aslinger, B. S. (2014). Clueless about Listening Formations? Cinema Journal, 53 (3), 126-131.

Aslinger, B. S., Huntemann, N. B. (2013). Digital Media Studies Futures. Media, Culture & Society, 35 (1), 9-12.

Aslinger, B. S. (2010). Video Games for the ‘Next Billion’?: The Launch of the Zeebo Console The Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film and Television (66), 15-25.

Aslinger, B. S. (2009). Soundalikes and Disrupted Pleasures. Flow, 9 (5). (link)

Aslinger, B. S. (2009). Creating a Network for Queer Audiences at Logo TV. Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, 7 (2), 107-121.

Aslinger, B. S. (2009). Blogotheques and Black Cabs: Popular Music and Urban Place. Flow, 9 (10). (link)

Aslinger, B. S. (2008). The Sounds and the Business of Mobile Music. Flow, 9 (2). (link)

Edited Volumes
Huntemann, N. B, Aslinger, B. S. (Ed.). (2013). Gaming Globally: Production, Play, and Place. . New York, NY: Palgrave

Book Chapters
Aslinger, B. S. (2013). Redefining the Console for the Global, Networked Era. In Nina B. Huntemann and Ben Aslinger (Eds.), Gaming Globally: Production, Play, and Place (pp. 59-73). New York, NY: . Palgrave

Aslinger, B. S, Huntemann, N. B. (2013). Introduction. In Nina B. Huntemann and Ben Aslinger (Eds.), Gaming Globally: Production, Play, and Place (pp. 1-15). New York, NY: . Palgrave

Aslinger, B. S. (2013). Make Room for the Wii: Game Consoles and the Construction of Space. In John Hartley, Jean Burgess, and Axel Bruns (Eds.), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (pp. 209-218). Malden, MA: . Wiley-Blackwell

Aslinger, B. S. (2013). “It’s Not That Easy For Two Men to Be a Couple”: Revisiting Gay Dating in Will & Grace and Queer as Folk. In Pamela Demory and Christopher Pullen (Eds.), Queer Love in Film and Television (pp. 59-68). New York, NY: . Palgrave Macmillan

Aslinger, B. S. (2013). Nip/Tuck: Popular Music. In Jason Mittell and Ethan Thompson (Eds.), How to Watch Television: Media Criticism in Practice (pp. 47-55). New York, NY: . New York University Press

Aslinger, B. S. (2013). Risk, Innovation, and Gender in Media Conglomerates. In Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner, and Lisa McLaughlin (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Media and Gender (pp. 116-126). New York, NY: . Routledge

Aslinger, B. S. (2012). WorldSpace Satellite Radio and the South African Footprint. In Lisa Parks and James Schwoch (Eds.), Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries, and Cultures (pp. 194-203). New Brunswick, N.J.: . Rutgers UP

Aslinger, B. S. (2012). You Can Ring My Bell and Tap My Phone: Mobile Music, the Ringtone Economy, and the Rise of Apps. In Noah Arceneaux and Anandam Kavoori (Eds.), The Mobile Media Reader (pp. 148-162). New York, NY: . Peter Lang

Aslinger, B. S. (2010). PlanetOut and the Dichotomies of Queer Media Conglomeration. In Chris Pullen and Margaret Cooper (Eds.), LGBT Identity and Online New Media (pp. 99-110). New York: . Routledge

Aslinger, B. S. (2008). Rocking Prime Time: Music, the WB, and Teen Culture. In Sharon Ross and Louisa Stein (Eds.), Teen Television: Essays on Programming and Fandom (pp. 78-92). Jefferson, North Carolina: . McFarland Press

Book Reviews
Aslinger, B. S. (2014). [Review of the book MP3: The Meaning of a Format by Jonathan Sterne]. Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Conference Proceeding(s)
Aslinger, B. S., Huntemann, N. (2010). Developing Design Literacies Through Play. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Games, Learning and Society 6.0.

Aslinger, B. S. (2010). Roundtable chair and participant on games and media literacy. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Games, Learning, and Society Educator Symposium.

Aslinger, B. S. (2010). Managing Media Production in the Age of Convergence (roundtable convener and participant). University of Texas, Flow: A Conference on Television and Media Culture.

Aslinger, B. S. (2009). Genre in Genre: The Role of Music in Music Games. , Digital Games Research Association.

Conference Presentations

Nichols, R., Aslinger, B. S., Haughton, D. M., Frydenberg, M. E., Gulati, G. J. (2014). Presented at the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences's 25th Anniversary of the Web, Bentley University.

Aslinger, B. S. (2014). "The Multiple Geographies of Games." Presented at the Olin College, Wellesley College, and Babson College's Are We Game? Video Games Beyond Entertainment, Needham, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2014). "Post-Closet Lives in U.S. Television." Presented at the International Conference on Narrative, Cambridge, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2014). "24 fps, 24/7?: Striving for Work/Life Balance" Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, WA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2014). "Alternative Geographies of Game Development." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, WA.

Dayal, S., Abbott, T., Korepanova, E., Sorensen, K. I., Aslinger, B. S. (2013). "Gender, Queerness & Nation." Presented at the Gender Studies Program and LGBTQ@Bentley's Faculty Roundtable, Bentley University.

Aslinger, B. S., Prater, T. (2013). ""YouTube C’yan Done": Networked Jamaican Reggae, Performance, and Genre." Presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music's International Association for the Study of Popular Music biannual conference, Gijon, Spain.

Aslinger, B. S., Prater, T. (2013). "Networked Jamaican Reggae: Recording, Performance and Race in a Transnational Music Industry." Presented at the International Communication Association's International Communication Association, London, UK.

Aslinger, B. S. (2013). "Networks, Plague, and the City in Oedipe -(n+1)." Presented at the Interdisciplinary-Net's 2nd global conference on Monstrous Geographies: Places and Spaces of Monstrosity, Prague, Czech Republic.

Aslinger, B. S. (2013). "It May Be Public, But It’s Not a Performance: The Curious Case of Ringtones." Presented at the MIT's MIT8 Public Media, Private Media: Media in Transition international conference, Cambridge, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2013). "Unlocking Kurt: Celebrity Likenesses and Ludic Music." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies's Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, IL.

Aslinger, B. S. (2013). "Sound in Video Games and Interactive Media." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies's Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, IL.

Aslinger, B. S. (2012). "Listening in to Web 2.0: Subjectivity, Alterity, and Power." Presented at the American Studies Association's American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Aslinger, B. S. (2012). ""You Go Disco and I’ll Go My Way": Out Magazine, Music Criticism, and Queer Listening Formations." Presented at the Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media and Feminism, Boston, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2012). "Game Consoles and Global/Local Play." Presented at the Association for Cultural Studies's Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Paris, France.

Aslinger, B. S. (2012). "Redefining the Console for the Digital, Global, and Networked Era." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies's Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Boston, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2012). "Workshop participant on “The Undergraduate TV Paper”." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies's Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Boston, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2011). "Playing Stonewall." Presented at the Association of Internet Researchers 12.0, Seattle, WA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2011). "What is Queer Game Studies?" Presented at the Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media and Feminism, Adelaide, South Australia.

Aslinger, B. S. (2011). "New and Emerging Media Forms in the Global Media Course." Presented at the International Communication Association's International Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2011). "The Price is Right: Licensing Tracks and Artists for the Rock Band and Guitar Hero Franchises." Presented at the International Communication Association's International Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2011). "Consoles, Software, and the Circulation of Gaming Cultures." Presented at the International Communication Association's International Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2011). "Consoles and Culture." Presented at the MIT's Media in Transition 7: Unstable Platforms: The Promise and Peril of Transition, Cambridge, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2011). "The Price is Right: Licensing Tracks and Artists for the Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and DJ Hero Franchises." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, New Orleans, LA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2010). "Managing Media Production in the Age of Convergence (roundtable convener and participant)." Presented at the University of Texas's Flow: A Conference on Television and Media Culture, Austin, TX.

Aslinger, B. S. (2010). "Proper Pleasures?: Cultural Studies and the Game Studies Project" Presented at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Fiske Matters: A Conference on John Fiske’s Continuing Legacy for Cultural Studies, Madison, WI.

Aslinger, B. S. (2010). "Roundtable chair and participant on games and media literacy." Presented at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Games, Learning, and Society Educator Symposium, Madison, WI.

Aslinger, B. S., Huntemann, N. (2010). "Developing Design Literacies Through Play." Presented at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Games, Learning and Society 6.0, Madison, WI.

Aslinger, B. S., Frydenberg, M. E. (2010). "Learning and Engaging Students with Web 2.0 Tools." Presented at the Northeast Regional Computing Program Web 2.0 Tools for Promoting Multifaceted Learning Special Interest Group, Norwood, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2009). "Genre in Genre: The Role of Music in Music Games." Presented at the Digital Games Research Association, Brunel University, West London, UK.

Aslinger, B. S. (2009). "Let's All Kongregate: The Business and Aesthetics of Casual Gaming." Presented at the Games, Learning, and Society 5.0, Madison, WI.

Aslinger, B. S. (2009). "Televising Queer Politics in the Post-Network Era." Presented at the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Aslinger, B. S. (2009). "Work That Bootie: Mashups and Musical Politics." Presented at the MIT Media and Transition 6: Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission, an international conference, Cambridge, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2009). ""Can You Cut Like a Rock Star?": Popular Music and Surgical Aesthetics in the Medical Drama" Presented at the Music and the Moving Image, New York City.

Aslinger, B. S. (2008). "Black and White Make Grey: The Life Cycle of the iPod." Presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-U.S. conference, Iowa City, Iowa.

Aslinger, B. S. (2008). "Adventures in Toronto and Baltimore: Local Flavor, Popular Music, and Urban Cultural Geographies on American Television." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Philadelphia.

Aslinger, B. S. (2007). "Debating the Boundaries of Queer Music: Hot Wire, Out Magazine, and Music Promotion, 1989-2005." Presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-U.S. conference, Boston, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2007). "Wanna Headbang in San Andreas?: Gaming and Music Industry Negotiations in the 1990s" Presented at the MIT5: Creativity, Ownership, and Collaboration in the Digital Age (Media in Transition), Cambridge, MA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2007). "Looking for the Real Rufus and the Music of Merritt." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, IL.

Aslinger, B. S. (2006). "Digital Queers: Logo's Constructions of Community." Presented at the Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media and Feminism, Milwaukee, WI.

Aslinger, B. S. (2006). "Playstation Vibes: Popular Music, Gaming, and Gender." Presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-U.S. conference, Murfreesboro, TN.

Aslinger, B. S. (2006). "Rocking Prime Time: Music, the WB, and Teen Culture." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Aslinger, B. S. (2005). "National Advertisers, the Advocate, and Abjected Queer Sexual Performance." Presented at the National Communication Association, Boston, MA, USA.

Aslinger, B. S. (2005). "Queer as Folk, Television Sound, and Transnational Flows: Defining and Delimiting Queer Subjectivities Through Music." Presented at the National Communication Association, Boston.

Service

Department Service
Committee Member for Evaluation Committee, 2014 - Present
Committee Member for Search Committee, 2014 - Present
Committee Chair for Media and Culture Committee, 2013 - Present
Committee Member for Media and Culture Committee, 2008 - Present
Reader - 2014
Committee Member for Search Committee, 2013 - 2014
Committee Member for Expository Writing Placement Reader - 2013
Committee Member for Search Committee, 2011 - 2012
Tag, Click, Remember: Using Web 2.0 Tools for Writing and Researching - 2010

University Service
Committee Chair for Faculty Affairs Committee , 2014 - Present
Other for First Year Student Advisor, 2014 - Present
Committee Member for Faculty Affairs Committee, 2013 - Present
Committee Member for LGBTQ Committee, 2012 - Present
Student Organization Advisor for WBTY Bentley Radio, 2010 - Present
Committee Member for International Film Series Committee, 2009 - Present
Committee Member for Diversity Council, 2014 - 2014
Committee Member for Research Colloquium Committee , 2014 - 2014
Administrative Assignment, Other for Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, 2013 - 2014
Committee Member for Teaching and Scholarly Awards Committee, 2011 - 2013
Guest Speaker for LGBTQ Committee Faculty Lecture Series - 2012
Internal Discussant, Valente Center for Arts and Sciences Working Seminar for - 2010

Professional Service
Mentor for Society for Cinema and Media Studies Alex Doty Queer Caucus Mentorship Program, 2013
Committee Member for Boston Media Studies Collective, 2008 - Present
Editorial Advisory Board Member for The Velvet Light Trap, 2015 - 2017
Reviewer, Journal Article for Chinese Journal of Communication - 2015
Reviewer, Journal Article for Critical Studies in Media Communication - 2015
Reviewer, Journal Article for Feminist Media Studies - 2015
Reviewer, Journal Article for New Media & Society - 2015
Reviewer, Journal Article for New Media & Society - 2015
Book proposal reviewer for Routledge - 2015
Reviewer, Journal Article for International Journal of Cultural Studies - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology - 2013
Reviewer, Journal Article for Critical Studies in Media Communication - 2013
Reviewer, Conference Paper for International Communication Association - 2013
Reviewer, Journal Article for Media History - 2013
Reviewer, Journal Article for Sexualities - 2013
Reviewer, Journal Article for Women's Studies Quarterly - 2013
Reviewer, Conference Paper for International Communication Association Popular Communication division - 2012
Reviewer, Journal Article for Feminist Media Studies - 2012
Reviewer, Book for Routledge (book proposal review) - 2012
Reviewer, Conference Paper for Foundations of Digital Games 2012 - 2012
Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Association of Internet Researchers - 2011
Committee Member for Welcoming Committee for Society and Media Studies conference - 2011
Reviewer, Journal Article for Feminist Media Studies - 2011
Reviewer, Conference Paper for International Communication Association - 2010
Committee Member for Marlboro College, outside examiner on plan in American/media studies - 2010
Reviewer, Journal Article for Popular Communication - 2010
Judge for Music Video category, Suffolk University Rammy Awards, sponsored by Suffolk’s Department of Communication and Journalism - 2009
Reviewer, Journal Article for Popular Communication - 2009
Reviewer, Journal Article for Popular Communication - 2008
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Popular Music Studies - 2007
Reviewer, Book for Velvet Light Trap (journal) - 2005