The First International Workshop on Game Studies “Games & Gender” Will Take Place at EHU
October 31, 2017
On November 3-4 2017 European Humanities University will host the international workshop on game studies for the first time. This year, the main topic is “Games & Gender”, one of the hottest and most important ones in contemporary cultural studies. It will be discussed in presentations given by speakers from Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Italy, Lithuania. The preliminary program is available for download here. (link)
Most presenters are young scholars who research games as a specific media form and as a phenomenon of culture. Subjects of their studies range from role-playing games in real and virtual worlds as well as at the edge between them to the cultural industry that produces videogames and games that oppose it.
The following topics are offered for discussion:
Representation of gender: societal expectations and the game’s reality;
Construction of gender roles and their performance in role-playing games;
Alternative options for gender in games and queer theory;
Cultural industry and feminism, and more.
Game studies are a relatively young and currently rapidly developing discipline. It attracts both academics from the humanities - philology, philosophy, cultural studies, media studies - and scholars from social and technical sciences. The workshop is open for anyone interested in cultural studies, gender studies and, of course, game studies.