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Tom van Nuenen is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor in Online Culture at the Department of Culture Studies, Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He has held visiting positions at Berkeley, Copenhagen University, Western Sydney University and Shanghai International Studies University. Tom teaches on digital methods, especially those that combine corpus linguistics with hermeneutics. His research centers on touristic experiences in algorithmic culture, investigating platforms such as blogs, review platforms and video games. His articles have been published in Tourist Studies, The Journal of Popular Culture, and Games and Culture. 

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Digitally aided tourism and travel writing: especially the analysis of non-traditional forms (e.g. TripAdvisor reviews, migrant vlogs) as types of travel writing.
  • Videogames: especially procedural rhetoric and the mechanics and stylistics of travel and locomotion in videogames.
  • Digital Hermeneutics: the confrontation of interpretation and close reading with algorithmic texual analysis.


My teaching focuses on the combination of digital methods (mainly using Python) and hermeneutics for humanities students, as well as the critical theorization of big data.

Expertise and Public Engagement

I occasionally publish on modern tourism and videogames. See for instance and (Dutch).

Selected publications

  • Van Nuenen, T. (forthcoming). Real-time authenticity: on the temporality of knowledge in plugged-in travel. Tourist Studies. 
  • Arthur, P.L. and T. van Nuenen (2018). “Travel in the Digital Age.” In Nandini Das and T. Youngs (eds.), The Cambridge History of Travel Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Van Nuenen, T. (2017). Touring the Animus: Assassin’s Creed and ludotopical movement. Loading…
  • Varis, P. and T. van Nuenen (2016). The Internet, language and virtual interactions. In Ofelia García, N. Flores, and M. Spotti (eds.)Oxford Handbook of Language and Society. New York: Oxford University Press.