Academic Programming Hub 2018

This page features slides, video, and photographic documentation from the Living Games Conference in Boston, MA, from May 17-20, 2018. Living Games is devoted to the academic and practical study of larp in all its forms.

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FRIDAY, May 18, 2018

Academic Roundtable 1: The Nuts and Bolts of RPG Research

Moderated by: Kathaleen Amende


Featuring: Kat Jones, Gabriel de los Angeles, and Jose Zagal


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Academic Panel 1: RPG Theory and History

Moderated by:  Andrew Lacanienta


Jose Zagal, “Role-Playing Game Studies: The Big Picture”


William J. White, “Facing the Other in RPG Communities Online: ‘Indie Gaming’ Meets the ‘Nordic Scene’”


Evan Torner, “Uncertainty in Larp”


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Academic Panel 2: Bleed and Transformation

Moderated by: Samara Hayley Steele


Sarah Lynne Bowman, “Method Acting and Immersion into Character in Larp”


Jonaya Kemper, “The Stories We Must Tell: Using Larp to Mitigate Cultural Trauma”


Diana J. Leonard and Tessa Thurman, “Bleed-out on the Brain: The Neuroscience of Character-to-Player Spillover in Larp”


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Academic Panel 3: Humans and Mechanics

Moderated by: Mikael Hellström


Samara Hayley Steele, “Tactics for Distributing Power over Diegesis: Comparing Nordic Freeform Larp, Irvine GM-less Larp, and PNW Aggregate Larps”


Will Osmond, “A Game of Give or Take? A Methektic Analysis of Scene-making in Larping”

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SATURDAY, May 19, 2018

Academic Panel 4: Aesthetics, Costuming, and Embodiment

Moderated by: Andrew Harris

Academic Roundtable 2: Games Academia 101: Primer for Junior Academics

Moderated by:  Sam Anderson


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