Final Week Discussion: Inhabiting the Game?

Tuesday 20th March 15.00-16.00 – Gameplay of Supermassive Games’ The Inpatient (2018) 16.00-18.00 – Main Discussion 3 Elms Road, 107 The final PLAY/PAUSE seminar of this semester will be rounding up discussions we have had over the last few weeks – thinking more about the role of the player in creating meaning, the marketing of new gaming […]

Week 8 Discussion: Political Metagames

Tuesday 27th February 15.00-16.00: Documentary screening (optional) 16.00-18.00: Main discussion Learning Centre UG07 This week’s discussion is something of a sequel to last week’s, in which we considered how a videogame can represent and visualize theoretical concepts—particularly those that interrogate twenty-first century capitalist modes of production. This time, we’ll be focusing on what happens outside […]

Week 6 Discussion: Post-Cinematic Affect and the Multitude

Tuesday 13th February 15.00-16.00: Prep Session (optional) 16.00-18.00: Main discussion Arts, Room 103 This week’s Play/Pause discussion will consider the ways contemporary theoretical concerns can (or can’t) be visualised and represented by videogames. In particular, we will be thinking about the ways our affective encounters with videogames might enable new ways of thinking through theoretical […]

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 […]