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(Online) Identity, Play and Games

TB 105
25 February 2016 (18:00-19:30)
Giovanna Comerio - 

Lily Yu –

The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl, ©Working Title/Pretty Pictures, 2015

In the Oscar-nominated film The Danish Girl, husband and wife play a game together when the husband takes on the role as Lili. (Role-) play is a key tool in the formation and exploration of identity. Games (as sports, as events, as hobbies) are strong sources of identity. Online media (including online games) provide opportunities for both anonymous and public identity experimentation.

This session explores the connections between (online) identity, play and games with special attention to the often vicious debate over whether women can count as real “gamers.” The session takes the form of a dialogue not just between the audience and the presenters but also between the two presenters.

Bjarke Liboriussen (PhD) is Assistant Professor in Digital and Creative Media in the School of International Communications. His research focuses on digital games and the creative industries.

Andrew White (PhD) is Associate Professor of Creative Industries and Digital Media in the School of International  Communications. He is also the Director of Research for the Faculty of Arts & Education and the interim director of the AHRC Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China. His main research interests are in digital media and policy-making in the creative industries.

About the ‘Gender, Culture and Identities Dialogue’ Series

With a focus on gender, culture and identities, the series broadens the learning experience of students from all faculties.  Staff from different schools and campuses, speakers from student societies and the broader community will meet students and give them an opportunity to discuss and learn together.   Students will explore the identity through the notions of gender, identity, and culture.  Topics will range from gender to feminism, from women and career to masculinity, and intercultural communication.  

The series is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Once a month: 

  • Meet in a supportive and stimulating environment 
  • Share your views and opinions about various aspects of identity 
  • Talk with scholars from different disciplines and experts from various backgrounds