Association for Research in Digital Interactive Narratives (ARDIN)


ARDIN’s purpose is to support research into Interactive Digital Narratives (IDN).  ARDIN defines IDN broadly and includes all existing forms, such as video and computer game narratives, interactive documentaries and interactive fiction, journalistic “interactives”, interactive art projects that have a narrative component, educational works, transmedia, virtual reality and augmented reality titles, as well as emerging forms of IDN.  ARDIN supports technical research as well as arts/humanities research.

ARDIN provides a home for an interdisciplinary community and for a range of activities that connect, support, grow and validate the IDN research community. These activities include membership services like newsletters, job postings, and support for local gatherings, but also conferences, publication opportunities, research fellowships, and academic/professional awards. It is understood that not all of these activities can be supported right from the start, but it is the ambition of ARDIN to support all such efforts in the long term. It is further envisioned that there will be SIGs (special interest groups) and local chapters of ARDIN could be explored as a possibility in the future. 

The International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) is the main academic conference of ARDIN. The Zip Scene conference is also affiliated with ARDIN. Additional international and local conferences are welcome to join the organization. Such conferences will gain representation on the ARDIN board and access to all services (see above), including the website members-only content (e.g. newsletter, grant and publication opportunities, job postings, evaluation help, shared curricula, etc), communication channels and evaluation services. In exchange, they will also accept all duties of ARDIN membership. 

Organization and Governance

ARDIN takes the form of a non-profit foundation registered in the Netherlands.  ARDIN is governed by an executive board of five members who are responsible for the day-to-day operations, and a larger general board. 

Duties and responsibilities of ARDIN board members

Executive board member duties and responsibilities

One executive board member acts as President and another as Treasurer. The Treasurer will be responsible for financial oversight and report in regular intervals to the executive board, at least once per quarter, and to the yearly General Assembly. The Treasurer will coordinate with an external Accountant to comply with the reporting requirements for a foundation under Dutch law.

General board member duties and responsibilities

General board members have a topic portfolio and are expected to represent said topics at board meetings, to the public, and also to act as points of contact and essentially understand themselves as leaders of SIGs, with the assignment to promote their topic and invite additional ARDIN members to work with them on said topic. 

While general board members generally are expected to have achieved a certain level of academic seniority, a number of seats are reserved for emerging scholars, as well as industry representatives. Details of the general board member portfolios are provided below in the table.

Election process

The term is 3 years for general board members, and 5 years for executive board members. For both boards, members can be re-elected once to encourage knowledge transfer. 

General Board

The process to join the board is by invitation by an existing general board member or application. A board member candidate needs the stated support from an existing general board member. The applicant also needs to submit a letter of motivation explaining their proposed contribution to the board. A feedback period (1 month) will be provided for ARDIN members to provide non-binding feedback on the application. The current general board then votes on whether to accept the application. 

Executive Board

Candidates for the executive board are proposed by the general board. Candidates are members of the general board. Candidates are approved by ARDIN member vote at the General Assembly (50.1% of members physically present at the General Assembly required for acceptance).

Transitional Board

The transitional board (2018-2019) was formed from the ICIDS steering committee. The first general board (2019-2022) was formed from the transitional board plus an initial group of invitees (see below). The general board proposes the first executive board (see below), to be voted on at the Utah ICIDS conference. 


Initial membership fee will be €75 per year (students €25 per year). Members will receive a discount at ARDIN conferences and access to the mailing list, job postings and invitations to ARDIN activities. Members can also vote for executive board members in the yearly General Assembly, provide feedback on proposed applicants to the general board, and apply to join the general board. The General Assembly is held during the annual ICIDS conference.

Diversity Policy

Diversity is important to ARDIN. The organisation will strive towards gender balance and the representation of different people from different origins. Diversity also includes representing scholars at different levels of their careers. 

No ARDIN member shall discriminate against any other ARDIN member or others outside of the organization on the basis of gender, nationality, race, or religion. Such discrimination will not be tolerated and membership in ARDIN can be withdrawn based on evidence of such behaviour. 

Executive board (proposed, to be voted on at ICIDS 2019)

Hartmut Koenitz, President (Theory, IDN studies, Design Research)

Frank Nack, Treasurer (AI, Authoring Tools)

Alex Mitchell (Communications, HCI, Theory)

Rebecca Rouse (Art, Theater, Theory)

Lissa Holloway-Attaway (Games Education, Serious Games, Art)

General board (additions for ICIDS 2019 in bold)

TopicSubtopic(s)Current board memberPotential board member
PR and social media presence Alex MitchellAgnes Bak
Community Support and DevelopmentWebsite and communication platformsRebecca Rouse /Hartmut Koenitz 
Academic recognition and supportTenure equivalency documentationFrank Nack /Andrew Gordon /Luis Emilio BruniMichael Young
Referees for academic evaluation Janet Murray
General help for academic recognitionArnav Jhala
Emerging Scholar SupportJanet Murray/ Nicole Basaraba/ María Cecilia Reyes
Diversity and research ethicsDiversityDavid Thue, Rebecca RouseTess Tanenbaum
PublicationsJournalHartmut Koenitz, Mads Haahr, Rebecca Rouse Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera
Other Publication 
ConferencesICIDS conferenceFrank Nack/Alex Mitchell 
Zip Scene conferenceAgnes Bak
Conference location scout 
Liaison Officer (coordination with other conferencesDavid Thue 
EducationEducation outreachLuis/Lissa/Hartmut 
 Model curricula 
Topical AreasTheoryHartmut Koenitz/Alex Mitchell/Luis Emilio Bruni 
 AIDavid ThueMirjam Eladhari/Michael Mateas
 Location-based/XRValentina NisiJosh Fisher/ (María Cecilia Reyes)
 ArtValentina Nisi/Lissa 
 BenchmarkingDavid Thue/Mads Haahr 
 Theater/performativeRebecca RouseDan Barnard, Darshana Jayemanne
 Interactive video Marian Ursu
 Authoring/DesignFrank NackClara Fernandez-Vara
 HCIValentina NisiTess Tannenbaum
IndustryGames IndustryMads Haahr
 Serious applications (Michael Bas (&Ranj))
 Artist & Indie (Chris Hales)