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[Commlist] Workshop "Studying Indie Games"

Thu Feb 20 14:20:50 GMT 2020

Workshop "Studying Indie Games" (31 March 2020, NTNU Trondheim, Norway)

During the past decade, game studies has increasingly begun to explore
the phenomenon of so-called indie games, which commonly aim to
distinguish themselves from the mainstream of the video game industry
not just in terms of their financing and publishing models but also in
terms of their aesthetic form and the cultural work that they do.
Further contributing to this emerging field of research, the workshop
gathers a group of international scholars in order to explore the
diversity of current indie game production as well as the theoretical
and methodological challenges that arise from studying an object that is
still very much in flux.

09:00    Introduction: Studying Indie Games | Jan-NoëlThon (NTNU)
09:15    Games about Games: On the Forms and Functions of Metareference
in Recent Indie Games | Theresa Krampe (Justus Liebig University Giessen)
10:00    Getting in Touch with Indie Games: Narrative Artefacts and
Materiality | Hanns Christian Schmidt (University of Cologne)
10:45    Exploring Indie Horror Games: On Perturbations in Fran Bow
(2015) and Five Nights at Freddy’s (2014) | Stephanie Lotzow (Justus
Liebig University Giessen)
11:30    Lunch Break
12:15    Indie Games and the homo ludens digitalis: Sharpening the Tools
of Media Aesthetics | Christopher Lukman (University of Münster)
13:00    “The World Is Your PlayDoh”: Procedural Content Generation and
Player Agency in Astroneer (2019) | Bettina Bodi (University of Nottingham)
13:45    Concluding Discussion

Full program:

Workshop participation is free, but space is limited. If you wish to
participate, please send an email to (jan.n.thon /at/ no later than 15
March 2020.

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