First Keynoter for Role-playing and Simulation in Education Announced!

The Living Games Conference 2018 is partnering with Northeastern University to host the Role-playing and Simulation and Education Conference! Our second biennial edu-larp conference will take place directly before Living Games in affiliation with Northeastern’s Game Design Program in the Department of Art+Design. We’re delighted to announce our first keynote speaker for the event:

Elizabeth Fein

Elizabeth Fein hangs around at the crossroads of clinical psychology and psychological anthropology, seeking to learn more about how we all make up our worlds, and how our worlds make us up in turn. Her research is ethnographic – the immersive study of ways of life through participant observation – and looks particularly at the relationships between culture and neurodevelopmental differences such as autism. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, a board member of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (a subdivision of the American Psychological Association), and the lead singer of the Pittsburgh synthpop band Take Me With You.

She completed her Ph.D. at the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago in 2012. Her dissertation research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation Science and Society Program, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Research in Anthropology, explored the ways people affected by autism spectrum conditions drew on metaphors of illness, identity, magic and technology to negotiate the meanings of their contested condition. In collaboration with the Wayfinder Experience, play teacher Howard Moody, autism advocate Valerie Paradiz, and theater artist and educational researcher Erik Parsons, she has designed and led a series of workshops using live-action role-playing games to build community and social-cognitive capacities among youth on the autism spectrum.

She is currently collaborating with the International Anthropomorphic Research Project ( on an SSHRC-funded ethnographic study of youth on the autism spectrum who participate in the furry fandom.

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Stay tuned for more excellent speakers to come! For additional details about the Role-playing and Simulation in Education Conference, click here. For more information on Living Games, visit our website at

Posted January 04, 2018 in: news by lgadmin