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 Language and Culture (ISK).


Now published…

Special issue in journal Nordlit (Vol. 42, 2019): Manufacturing Monsters (edited by Christian Beyer, Juliane Bockwoldt, Emil Hammar, and Holger Pötzsch)

Please access contributions here.

The WARGAME anthology War Games: Memory, Militarism, and the Subject of Play (edited by Phil Hammond and Holger Pötzsch) is now out at Bloomsbury. More info here.

Special issue of the WAR/GAME project at journal Game Studies (open access).

Please access the contributions here.

Upcoming Events:

Visit by Phil Hammond, LSBU (April 2020)

Algorithmic Governance in Context workshop 3 at UiT Tromsø on May 21-22, 2020.

Past Events:

Friday November 8, 2019, 10:15-12:00 & 13:15-15:00; both at UiT Tromsø room B-1004

Tomasz Z. Majkowski (Jagiellonian University Krakow):



Manufacturing Monsters Research Group Symposium 1:

New(s) Media? Political Economy, History, and Technology of News Making in Germany, Turkey, and Norway

UiT Tromsø, Sept. 11-13, 2018.

Programme can be accessed here.


Fiction and Facts in Narratives of Political Conflict Conference

March 8-11, 2018, University of Agder


March 12-13, 2018, UiT Tromsø

WARGAME: Player Perspectives

Wednesday February 28, 10:15-12:00, B-1004

Sarphan Uzunoğlu (UiT Tromsø):
How Classical Newsrooms Have Disappeared

Wednesday February 21, 10:15-12:00, Nedre lysthus Aud.

Souvik Mukherjee (Presidency University, Kolkata):
Videogames and Postcolonialism

Wednesday February 21, 13:15-15:00, Aud. E-0101

Souvik Mukherjee (Presidency University, Kolkata):
Indian Board Games as a Commentary on Life

December 15, 2017, UiT Tromsø, E-1003

ENCODE Paper seminar

November 17, 2017, UiT Tromsø, room & time TBA

Rosa Cordillera Castillo (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
Muslim-Christian relations in the Southern Philippines

September 14-15, 2017, London South Bank University

Workshop 3 "WAR/GAME: Memory, Militarism & the Subject of Play"

For more information, follow this link

Monday April 24, 10:15-12:00, SV-HUM B-1005

Anna Reading (King's College London):
The Materiality of Memory in the Globital Age

Tuesday April 25, 13:15-15:00, SV-HUM E-0101

Anna Reading (King's College London):
A Right to Memory?

Monday April 3, 10:15-12:00, SV-HUM B-1003

Joakim Arnøy (Narwick War Museum):
Reflections on the design process, development and use of the educational board game Misson Z: One last chance

Thursday March 16, 10:15 – 12:00, TEO-H6 6.222-KINO

Asbjørn Grønstad (University of Bergen):
"Film and the Ethical Imagination"

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"

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."

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"

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"

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"

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

Zuzana Štefková (Artwall Gallery Praha):

"Queerly There?: Queer Art in Czech and Slovak Context"

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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