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Playful Resistance Keynote Speaker – Bart Simon

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Playful Resistance

Keynote Speaker – Bart Simon



The Last Ludologist: Play and Radical Social Imagination

I am looking for the last ludologist; some idea that can save game studies from itself and remind us why our object is special. The last ludologist is not an author or an artist, and they do not care to fetishize play. They would wield gameplay as an allegorical tool to challenge, destabilize and re-imagine the possibilities implicit in the practice of everyday life. Drawing on phenomenological sociology, materialist pragmatism and critical posthumanism, the last ludologist would care about the potentials of play not its specifications.


Bart Simon is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Director/Co-Founder of the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University in Montreal. He is also co-founder and former director of the Technoculture, Art and Games research centre (TAG) and former PI for Montreal’s Critical Hit game incubator which ran from 2012-2015, and member of the board of governors for the indie co-working space, GamePlaySpace. Bart Simon’s areas of expertise include game studies and design, science and technology studies and cultural sociology.


Friday 24 November 2017

5–6pm


Building 13 (Emily Mcpherson)

13.03.12

RMIT City Campus

405 Russell Street

Melbourne 3000

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