Sixth Keynote Speaker Announced for Living Games 2018!
The Living Games Conference 2018 is proud to announce our sixth keynote speaker for the event! The conference will feature several short keynote speeches from presenters with a variety of different backgrounds related to larp, who we will announce periodically in the months leading up to the event.
Without further ado, our sixth keynote speaker is:
Diana Leonard is a social psychologist whose expertise lies in the roles of emotion and cognition in group conflict. In the past few years, she has been using this scholarly foundation to examine larp group dynamics. This research includes participant observation in U.S.-based cinematic boffer larp, as well as a theory-driven quantitative analysis of the international Larp Census. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Role-Playing, The Wyrd Con Companion Book, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, among other venues. Diana’s current project attempts to answer the question of how game runners and players alike can use insights from psychology to tailor the experience of character-to-player spillover (i.e. bleed) in larp.
Diana received her PhD in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. She is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. As an educator, she utilizes elements of role-play to empower her students to explore marginalized identities outside the scope of their own direct experience.
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Stay tuned for more excellent speakers to come! For more information on Living Games, visit our website at livinggamesconference.com.