Emma Reay

“The Child in Videogames: From the Meek, to the Mighty, to the Monstrous”

CETAPS+ Cultures of the Future Talks

March 6, 2024 | 5 PM UTC (Lisbon) | Online

Register here: https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtc-uhrjgsH93PnKtKac5f3F7W8unWNN8n

Videogames are key arenas in which definitions of childhood are being created and contested. While child-players of videogames are lightning rods for academic research, child-characters in videogames have been mostly ignored. In this talk, Dr. Reay will explain what we can learn about contemporary constructions of childhood from analysing the coded kids that populate virtual worlds. She will make a case that we need to move away from questions of whether videogames are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for child-players, and towards questions of how digital games are reshaping our beliefs about
youth and age.

 

 

Dr. Emma Reay is a Senior Lecturer in Emerging Media at the University of Southampton, where she teaches the undergraduate degree in Game Design and Art. Her recent research focusses on videogames and mental health, gaming and childhood, the ethics of designing therapeutic videogames, and play and bereavement. She’s currently playing Baldur’s Gate 3, and thinking a lot about cooperation, community, and ensemble storytelling.

Dr. Emma Reay’s outstanding new book The Child in Videogames: From the Meek, to the Mighty, to the Monstrous (Palgrave Macmillan, 2024) is available here: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-42371-0

Hosted by Jéssica Iolanda Costa Bispo (Nova University Lisbon/CETAPS)

Francesca Ferrando

“In Love with… The Art of Being Posthuman”

CETAPS+ Cultures of the Future Talks

Feb 14, 2024 | 5 PM UTC (Lisbon) | Online

Register here:

https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocOypqTwuHNIkfulVGDA_Mor_jWr4i1-i

 

 

 

What is Love? As a celebration of Valentine’s Day in post-anthropocentric ways, this book presentation of The Art of Being Posthuman: Who are We in the 21st Century? (Polity), will focus on the notion of posthuman love approached as love for existence. This posthuman journey of self-inquiry will engage with a wide range of knowledge and wisdom: from the Paleolithic times to the futures of radical life extension, from multi-species evolutions to the rights of Nature, the Anthropocene and the rise of Artificial Intelligence. Knowing who we are means loving the Self as the others within. We are one and many: Infinite, Love.

 

Dr. Ferrando, Ph.D. (pronouns: they/them) teaches Philosophy at New York University (US), NYU-Program of Liberal Studies. Dr. Ferrando is a leading voice in the field of Posthuman Studies and the author of several publications, including Philosophical Posthumanism (Bloomsbury) and The Art of Being Posthuman (Polity); their work has been translated into a dozen languages. Dr. Ferrando was awarded the philosophical prize “Sainati” by the President of Italy; named “One of the 100 Top Creatives Making Change in the World” by ‘ORIGIN’ Magazine, and defined as “the Philosopher Poet of our Times”. More info: www.theposthuman.org
Francesca Ferrando‘s outstanding new book The Art of Being Posthuman (Polity) is available here: https://www.politybooks.com/bookdetail?book_slug=the-art-of-being-posthuman-who-are-we-in-the-21st-century–9781509548958

Hosted by Manuel Sousa Oliveira (University of Porto / CETAPS)

 


 

CETAPS+ Cultures of The Future is proud to present Part 2 of the lecture on The Force of GenderThe Afterlife of The Handmaid’s Tale: “Payback”, by Professor Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor.

Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and English at Pennsylvania State University. Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor has published two monographs, Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions, published by Cambridge University Press in 2013; and edited two essay collections, including The Scandal of Susan Sontag (Columbia University Press, 2009).

 
She is the author of dozens of book chapters and articles in Utopian StudiesFeminist Studies and Contemporary Women’s Writing and a former president of The Society for Utopian Studies (SUS). Her current work looks at the cultural significance of plastic and plastic waste, and its impacts on environmental crisis.

Cultures of the Future Lectures is CETAPS latest initiative which aims to provide innovative tools and methods by inviting prominent scholars from all over the world to reflect on relevant topics to our fields of research.

For our first lecture, we are honoured to introduce Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and English at Pennsylvania State University. Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor has published two monographs, Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions, published by Cambridge University Press in 2013; and edited two essay collections, including The Scandal of Susan Sontag (Columbia University Press, 2009).

She is the author of dozens of book chapters and articles in Utopian Studies, Feminist Studies and Contemporary Women’s Writing and a former president of The Society for Utopian Studies (SUS). Her current work looks at the cultural significance of plastic and plastic waste, and its impacts on environmental crisis.

CETAPS is proud to present Part 1 of the lecture on The Force of Gender: Queer Reckonings in Post-War American Utopian Literature.

 

CETAPS+ Cultures of the Future – Webinar September 15th, 6pm UTC+1

This Webinar will be held in Portuguese.

“Caldeirão da Santa Cruz do Deserto: Time, Memory and Utopia”

The first “CETAPS + Cultures of the Future” Webinar will have as its theme the Intentional Community Caldeirão da Santa Cruz do Deserto, which existed in the city of Crato, in the State of Ceará, northeast region of Brazil, from 1926 to 1936.
The theme will be presented and discussed by Michel Macedo Marques (CETAPS), Domingos Sávio Cordeiro (URCA) and Cristina Rodrigues Holanda (Instituto Mirante de Cultura e Arte).

You can attend this Webinar by registering in the link below:
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For any questions please contact:
culturesofthefuture@gmail.com or cetaps@letras.up.pt

“Utopian Openings and Closings: The COVID Pandemic and its Aftermath”.

In this conversation, it will be explored from an ethical and utopian perspective our current global challenges and their (im)possible solutions in light of these hopes and missed opportunities since the early months of the pandemic. As our timeline lines up one dystopian scene after another—the pandemic, the war, the energy crisis, the rise of authoritarianism—(pop) culture and literature have turned to utopian thought to grapple with a crisis-ridden world. On screen, for example, shows like The Good Place (2016-2020) or Severence (2022-) insist on the ethics of personal choice in the everyday as an inflection point for larger utopian (and dystopian) implications. In the same vein, Ursula K. Le Guin writes in her post-capitalist utopia Always Coming Home (1985): “Accidents happened to people, but what people did they were responsible for.” As humanities scholars, the conversation will be drawing on the utopian imagination to ask how we may help usher in a livable future through a critical engagement with the now.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 pm UTC+1
The theme will be presented and discussed by:

Manuel Sousa Oliveira (he/him) (co-host), University of Porto / CETAPS

Tobias Annamalay Jochum (he/him) (co-host), JFKI / FU Berlin

Guest speakers:

Julia Gibson (they/she), Antioch University

Rhiannon Firth (she/her), UCL Institute of Education
The session will be streamed live on Youtube on the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/@cetapsfcshunl8892
Attendees will be able to comment and ask questions through the YouTube chat function.

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