“Keywords in Play” is an interview series about game research supported by Critical Distance and the Digital Games Research Association. As a joint venture, “Keywords in Play” expands Critical Distance’s commitment to innovative writing and research about games while using a conversational style to bring new and diverse scholarship to a wider audience.
Our goal is to highlight the work of graduate students, early career researchers and scholars from under-represented groups, backgrounds and regions. The primary inspiration comes from sociologist and critic Raymond Williams. In the Preface to his book Keywords: a vocabulary of culture and society, Williams envisaged not a static dictionary but an interactive document, encouraging readers to populate blank pages with their own keywords, notes and amendments. “Keywords in Play” follows Williams in affirming that “The significance is in the selection”, and works towards diversifying the critical terms with which we describe games and game culture.
In this episode we speak to Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. Elizabeth is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. She is Anishinaabe with family from Bay Mills, Métis, and Irish. She is an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow
Production Team: Darshana Jayemanne, Zoyander Street, Emilie Reed.
Audio Direction and Engineering: Damian Stewart
Double Bass: Aaron Stewart
Keywords in Play Episode 15 - Leon Xiao
Keywords in Play Episode 14 - Adrienne Shaw
Episode 13 - Alenda Y. Chang
Keywords in Play Episode 12 - Aaron Trammell
Keywords in Play Episode 11 - Victor Navarro-Remesal and Thiago Falcão
Keywords in Play Episode 10 - Thi Nguyen
Keywords in Play Episode 9: Sonia Fizek
Keywords in Play Episode 8 - Lindsay Grace
Keywords in Play Episode 7 - Malath Abbas
Keywords in Play Episode 6:Jamie Woodcock
Keywords in Play Episode 5: Eli Smith
Keywords in Play Episode 4 - Rob Gallagher
Keywords in Play Episode 3: Bo Ruberg
Keywords in Play Episode 2: Emilie Reed
Minisode 16 - Milkmaids and Vikings
Episode 51 - Red Angel
Minisode 15 - Horror Games Mark II
Episode 50 - PostMesmeric
Episode 49 - Heavy Eyed
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