Program: Researching the Transgressive Aspects of Gaming and Play Seminar

skjermbilde-2017-01-03-kl-16-50-41Date: Monday, May 22, 2017

Location: University of Bologna, Dipartmenti Arti, room: Salone Marescotti (1st floor on the left). Via Barberia 4.

Diverting from a focus on games and gaming, game studies currently pays growing attention to play, playfulness, and play practices. The idea that games and play are about the fun and the safe has repeatedly been challenged from different angles. While the average game experience is often characterized by failure and frustration related to increasingly difficult challenges, children’s play often change from laughter to crying in a heartbeat, and playfulness is at the core of dangerous activities such as BASE jumping and race car driving.

Play is “something precarious, a balance that needs to be maintained unbroken but that at the same time needs to be challenged and put at risk in order to remain interesting” (Linderoth and Mortensen 2015), and in this seminar we are asking what methods we can use to better understand the dimensions of this elusive paradox of play.

The seminar is open for all.

The seminar is a pre-conference seminar relating to the Media Mutations 9 conference.

10.00-10.30 Welcome and introduction
10.30-11.30 Session 1:
  Unpacking Ethics in LBMGs. Misbehaving Actions and Challenging Reflections
Ilaria Mariani, Polititecnico di Milano
Davide Spallazzo, Polititecnico di Milano
  Three approaches to an ethnography of transgression
Kristian A. Bjørkelo, University of Bergen
11.30-11.45 Break
11.45-12.45 Session 2:
Skyrim Deviants. Pornographic modding as carnivalesque practice
Tomasz Z. Majkowski, Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Death loop as performed: A post-ludological perspective on performativity and transgressive play
Olli T. Leino, City University of Hong Kong
12.45-14.15 Lunch for presenters at Restaurante da Cesari, Via de’ Carbonesi, 8.
14.15-15.15 Session 3:
  Casualties wounded by games: framing excessive gaming in 1980s and 1990s Czechoslovakia
Jaroslav Švelch, Charles University of Prague
Il giuoco delle bestemmie ridiculose / The Game of Ridiculous Blasphemies. Transgressive games in the Italian Cinquecento
Riccardo Fassone, Universitá de Torino
William Huber, Abertay University
15.15-15.45 Gameplay break
15.45-16.45 Session 4:
Deepening gameplay experiences through estrangement
Tanja Sihvonen, University of Vaasa
Jaakko Stenros, University of Tampere
A design approach to transgressive player activities
Jon Back, Uppsala University
Elena Márquez Segura, University of California, Santa Cruz
Annika Waern, Uppsala University
16.45-17.30 Discussion and summary
20.00 Dinner for presenters at Fiordaliso, Via Nazario Sauro, 8/D.

All participants arriving on Sunday are invited for an informal gathering at Caffè della Corte, Corte Isolani, 5/B, on Sunday May 21, from 19.00.

For inquiries about the seminar, please contact Kristine [.] Jorgensen [at] uib [.] no.

About Kristine Jørgensen

Professor in Media Studies at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. Project manager and principal investigator of the Games and Transgressive Aesthetics project.

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