Week 4 Discussion: Rebooting Tomb Raider

Tuesday 30th January 15.00-16.00 Prep Session (optional) 16.00-18.00 Main Discussion Learning Centre UG10 Until relatively recently, Lara Croft has held an ambivalent place in gaming culture, one encapsulated in the question that provides the title for Helen W. Kennedy’s 2002 essay ‘Lara Croft: Feminist Icon or Cyberbimbo?’ In this seminar we’ll consider the recent ‘reboot’ […]

Schedule: PLAY/PAUSE Inaugural Symposium ‘Play, Procedure, Procedurality’

We are excited to announce the schedule for our upcoming inaugural symposium, ‘Play, Procedure, Procedurality’. PLAY/PAUSE SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE Wednesday 24th January 2018 University House, Room G07 University of Birmingham B15 2TT 11.00-11.30                   Registration 11.30-12.00                    Welcome to PLAY/PAUSE Introduction to Digital Cultures at Bham – Dr Matt […]

CFP: Play, Procedure, Procedurality – PLAY/PAUSE symposium at the University of Birmingham, January 2018.

The inaugural Play/Pause symposium will be taking place on the 24th January 2018. For more information, see below: PLAY/PAUSE Symposium – 24th January 2018, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT CALL FOR PAPERS:   Gaming the System: Play, Procedure and Procedurality in Videogames and Virtual Reality Procedures are embedded ways of understanding our cultural, social and political systems; […]

Week 10: Feedback Week

Tuesday 14th March Arts 103 6-8pm As week 10 is our final week of holding a seminar this term, we are focussing less on a particular theme and more on Play/Pause as a whole. This week’s seminar will be looking back at past weeks and looking forward to new possibilities, and we want to hear your […]

WEEK 9: Horror, Death & the Video Game.

Tuesday 7th March Arts Room 103 18.00-20.00.   “I wanna play a game” Jigsaw, Saw (2004).   Happy week 9! This week we’re exploring all the fun things to do with horror, death and the video game!!! In his paper written on horror video games, Bernard Perron (2005) considers the horror video game to be […]

Week 8: Tabletop Gaming

TUESDAY 28th FEBRUARY 5:00 – 6:00PM ARTS 237 (In order to have time to play D&D: Please arrive 15 minutes early if you are able) 6:00 – 8:00PM ARTS 103 Tabletop gaming is a term generally used to describe (unsurprisingly) games played on a tabletop – board games, pen and paper roleplaying games, etc. As its […]

Week 7: Border Play: engaging with political realities in videogames

TUESDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 6:00 – 8:00PM ARTS 103 Borders between nations provide focal points for populist anxieties about the economic and cultural implications of immigration, anxieties that are currently receiving increased political appeasement in the West. Reece Jones observes “a powerful idea in the media and in wealthy societies that violence at borders is inevitable […]