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Mary Flanagan Keynote at the Grad Center 2/28

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    Hi everyone,

    Mary Flanagan of Dartmouth College and the Tiltfactor game research lab is giving a keynote presentation this Thursday, 2/28 at the Grad Center as part of the Minding the Body: Dualism and its Discontents conference. More information is below — thought Games Network members would be interested! Many thanks to Jason Neilsen, one of the conference organizers, for sending us the details.

    We’d love to hear a report back if anyone does go, especially a short write up we can post on the Games Network blog. If you’re interested in writing something please get in touch!

    All best,

    Mary Flanagan (Dartmouth College)
    “Never Mind the Body, Here’s a Gamepad? Considering Embodiment in The Age of Play“

    Thursday, February 28, 2013
    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Also available as a live streaming video (link will be available shortly before the presentation on Thursday, Feb. 28)

    This keynote presentation explores a pervasive onscreen/offscreen split of identification and the body in what we could now call The Age of Play. Citing examples from artists’ work and popular culture, with a focus on games, Flanagan leads the audience on an investigation of current trends that are in diametrical opposition: on the one hand, a hunger for embodied, resonant experience; and on the other, a desire for control for the body, a recurring motif in fields from psychology to public health, manifesting in plastic surgery and digital manipulation of the body.

    Conference website:


    Apologies — Charlie’s and my postings crossed in the ether! Now everyone can be doubly-sure of the quality of this event. 🙂


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