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The research hub aims at interconnecting and coordinating research initiatives on new media, visual culture, and computer games carried out at UiT. We hope to create synergies between various scholarly environments working on related issues and facilitate the development of funding applications by specific project groups directed at national and international bodies.
We adopt a wide definition of conflict. As such we invite critical focus not only on the role of new media, visual cultures, and computer games in the representation, execution, and commemoration of forms of direct violence, but also include projects that direct attention to structural and cultural issues with significance for the formation, negotiation, and potentially transformation of antagonisms, hostilities, and differences. The role of new network technologies in contemporary warfare, as such, falls equally within the purview of this research hub as do studies of the political economy of Facebook, or approaches to the representation and enactment of class or gender in for instance machinima, MMORPGs, film, or on social media platforms.
A regular research seminar will enable continuous academic exchange on key theoretical and methodological issues, and will provide an opportunity for researchers, as well as PhD and MA students to present and receive feedback on their work. Once each semester the seminar will feature a guest lecture by an invited scholar.
Please access the internal UiT-website of the network here.
The hub was established by Holger Pötzsch (ISK) and is funded by the Dept. of Culture and Language (ISK). It is currently coordinated by Emil Hammar, UiT.

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Past Events:

Thursday November 17, 13:15 – 15:00, B-1005

Jamie Woodcock (The London School of Economics and Political Science [LSE]):
The Work of Play: Towards a Marxist Analysis of Video Game Production

Thursday October 27, 13:15 – 15:00, B-1005

Kristine Jørgensen (University of Bergen):
The Transgressive Aesthetics of Videogames
https://uit.no/tavla/artikkel/486481/_the_transgressive_aesthetics_of_videogames

Friday October 28, 10:15 – 12:00, E-0101

Kristine Jørgensen (University of Bergen):
Gameplay in Focus. A Perspective on Qualitative Research in Game Studies.
https://uit.no/tavla/artikkel/486482/gameplay_in_focus_a_perspective_on_qualitative_r

Tuesday September 27, 13:15 – 15:00, B-1004

Lukáš Kolek (Charles University in Prague):
Presentation of CZ38-89 game editor: On how to design a historical wargame
https://uit.no/tavla/artikkel/478584/introduction_to_the_cz38-89_game_editor

Tuesday September 27, 10:15 – 11:45, NLYSTH U 06

Zuzana Štefková (Artwall Gallery: Prague)
We Are All Part of the National Team: Artwall Gallery and Czech and Slovak Contemporary Critical Art
https://uit.no/tavla/artikkel/477738/we_are_all_part_of_the_national_team_artwall_gal

Monday September 26, 13:15 – 14:45, NLYSTH U 06

Vít Šisler (Charles University in Prague):
Contested Memories of War in CZ 38-89: Assassination: Designing a Serious Historical Game
https://uit.no/tavla/artikkel?p_document_id=477724

Monday September 26, 10:15 – 12:00, C-1007

Zuzana Štefková (Artwall Gallery Praha):
Queerly There?: Queer Art in Czech and Slovak Context
https://uit.no/tavla/artikkel/477734/queerly_there_queer_art_in_czech_and_slovak_con

March 21, 2016, 13:00 - 15:00 Room E-0105, UiT Tromsø

Rune Nielsen, PhD Candidate at the Centre for Games Research, IT University of Copenhagen

"Is video game addiction a mental health disorder?"

March 03, 2016, 10:15 - 12:00 Room E-0105, UiT Tromsø

Øyvind Vågnes, Associate Professor at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen

"Towards a Critique of the Rhetoric of Precision"

February 19, 2016, 10:15 - 12:00 Room B-1003, UiT Tromsø

Nina Lager Vestberg (NTNU):

"Media Ecology Beyond the Metaphor - New, Better, and More Materialist"

January 29, 2016, 10:15 - 12:00, room B-1004, UiT Tromsø

Bridget Draxler (Monmouth College):

"The Public Digital Humanities: New Ways of Writing in Community"

January 26, 2016, 13:15 - 15:00, Auditorium Nedre Lysthus (CPS), UiT Tromsø

Anne Gjelsvik (NTNU)

Presentation of the project "Face of Terror - Understanding Terrorism from the Perspective of Critical Media Aesthetics (2016-2019)"

Tuesday November 17, 2015 13:15 - 15:00

Katy Scoggin (Co-Producer of Citizenfour)

UiT Tromsø room E-0103, 13:15 - 15:00

"Characters as Source: Encryption, OPSEC, and Source Protection as Filmmakers' Tools"

VT Cinematek, city centre, 17:30 - 20:30

Screening of //Citizenfour// with introduction by Katy Scoggin


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