Games as ‘Agents of Change’

International Conference and Workshop in Lüneburg

A workshop in Lüneburg will bring an international cast of speakers together to have a conversation about games and play.

Game designers and academics will be coming together in Lüneburg on 12 June for Playing for Change, a day-long event exploring how play and games can be used as agents of change in society. Playing for Change will explore how the boundaries between playing and making games are being blurred, and the cultural possibilities this phenomenon presents.

The event will be organized by the team of Leuphana’s Gamification Lab (below from left to right: Sophie Jent, David Scheele, Jarek Beksa, Niklas Schrape, Fabian Lehmann, Laleh Torabi, Sonia Fizek, Mathias Fuchs and Paolo Ruffino)
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Scott Gaule, a Research Associate at the Research Institute for Health and Social Change, and co-organiser of the event with Dr Nicola Whitton of the Education and Social Research Institute, said: “The landscape of game making and playing is undergoing a radical transformation.
(…) Recent developments are highlighting the possibilities of game design in engaging wider social processes aligned to activism, journalism, public pedagogy, interpersonal communication and community development.” (Scott Gaule)

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technologies vs. communication

It seems that the notions of civic media differ a lot. The term is used by media scholars, by journalists and activists, by technologist and by political groups. Some of them seem to focus on the technologies, like this one:

“civic media:  An umbrella term describing media technologies that create a strong sense of engagement among residents through news and information. It is often used as a contrast to “citizen journalism” because it also encompasses mapping, wikis and databases. (Courtesy of Hacks/Hackers Survival Glossary)”

Others prefer to talk about communication, as the MIT course does:

“We use the term civic media, rather than citizen journalism: civic media is any form of communication that strengthens the social bonds within a community or creates a strong sense of civic engagement among its residents.”

I find the latter quite problematic as it would probably fit to the most reactionary forms of communication as long as social bonds are strengthened.

The following attempt of a definition seems more useful to me: The Center for Media and Social Impact in Washington (http://www.cmsimpact.org/future-public-media/public-media-showcase/online-games-address-sustainability-civic-engagement-and-c) creates a connotation between civic media and empowering media. Civic media if understood in this way would not only bring social groups into closer connection, but would actually help to change things for the users in an empowering way.

 

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Prekär ist wer?

Neuerscheinung: Magdalena Freudenschuss

Prekär ist wer? Der Prekarisierungsdiskurs als Arena sozialer Kämpfe

Titel Prekär ist wer

Prekarisierung und Prekarität wurden in Politik, Wissenschaft und Medien zu Schlüsselbegriffen des sozialen Wandels. Eindeutig sind diese Begriffe aber längst nicht mehr – und sie sind umkämpft. Kernmoment dieser Verhandlungen um Deutungshoheit ist die Frage nach den prekarisierten Subjekten. Magdalena Freudenschuss rekonstruiert in ihrer hegemonietheoretisch angelegten Diskursanalyse, wie im printmedialen, deutschsprachigen Kontext diese sozialen Kämpfe auf der symbolischen Ebene vonstatten gehen. Im Ergebnis ihrer Untersuchung von “Der Standard”, “Die Presse” “die tageszeitung” und “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” lassen sich die diskursiven Entwürfe auf zwei argumentativen Fluchtlinien verorten: Sie spannen sich auf zwischen Momenten des Abfederns, Banalisierens und Legitimierens sozialer Ungleichheiten einerseits sowie dem Problematisieren, Skandalisieren und Politisieren dieser Ungleichheiten andererseits. Im deutschsprachigen Prekarisierungsdiskurs, das belegt diese intersektionale Analyse printmedialer Verhandlungen, vergewissert sich eine verunsicherte soziale Mitte ihrer eigenen gesellschaftlichen Position. Und kämpft damit um mehr als die Diskurshoheit.

2013 – 333 Seiten – € 29,90
ISBN: 978-3-89691-930-4
Verlag: Westfälisches Dampfboot

http://www.dampfboot-verlag.de/buecher/930-4.html

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Die Macht von Verletzbarkeiten

Videos können gesellschaftliche Verhältnisse bewegen, aber nicht immer in die angedachte Richtung – eine Reflexion über vier politische Mobilisierungen und Kampagnen im Netz.

Magazinbeitrag von Magdalena Freudenschuß,
erschienen im Südlink (Das Nord-Süd-Magazin von INKOTA) im Dossier “Digitaler Süden. Neue Medien und politische Mobilisierung”

Der vollständige Beitrag kann hier als pdf-Datei heruntergeladen werden:
Südlink 164, Magdalena Freudenschuß

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Reworking Affect: Register Now!

Reworking Affect: Queer Feminist Engagement

Queer-feminist engagements aim at transforming sexualized, gendered, classed and racialized regimes. Given the current turn in the humanities and social sciences towards affect and emotions, how crucial is (reworking) affect for this endeavor and how does affect then work? Are affects and emotions spontaneous and unruly or are they rather molded by historically and socially specific dynamics and codes of intelligibility? In what ways are the social, the economic, and the political created, enforced or transformed by e.g. anger, despair, shame, or pleasure? This event interrogates queering affect as work, as something that works, and as something that we can work with.

on: June 27th, Berlin
Organizing Institutions: ICI-Berlin, ZtG Humboldt University, MPIB

For programme and registration details see:
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