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A Montreal Game Studies Conversation with Dr. Carl Therrien and Dr. Darren Wershler

April 12 @ 11:00 - 12:00

On Friday, April 12th, TAG Research Cluster is organizing an engaging and candid conversation on game history and immersion within the context of Montreal Game Studies, featuring Dr. Carl Therrien from Université de Montréal and Dr. Darren Wershler from Concordia University. This open and freeform discussion will delve into unconventional and exploratory approaches to researching and understanding video game history and immersion. Through these discussions, reflections on the influence of the Montreal game research scene on work and within the broader field of game studies and associated fields will be explored, examining the challenges and opportunities of past and future collaborations between local research groups in Montreal, across linguistic, institutional, and cultural boundaries.



Carl Therrien is a professor in games and film studies at the Université de Montréal. In The Media Snatcher (Platform studies, MIT Press, 2019), he proposes a critical view of videogame historiography through a comparative study of the PC Engine platform, confronting American and Japanese perspectives of this technology. He has written numerous papers on immersion and on the history of popular genres (such as adventure games and first-person shooters). His research projects seek to integrate more video games into the canon, hoping to assist archivists and historians in their efforts to engage with the diversity and complexity of this culture.




Darren Wershler specializes in media history and media archaeology, with a particular interest in the material culture of analog and early digital technologies. His current research occurs at the Residual Media Depot (RMD), a research and teaching collection associated with the Media History Research Centre (MHRC) in the Milieux Institute at Concordia University. With Jussi Parikka and Lori Emerson, he is the author of THE LAB BOOK: SITUATED PRACTICES IN MEDIA STUDIES (2021).






📅: April 12, 2024 | 11 a.m

📍: TAG Lab E.V 11.435



April 12
11:00 - 12:00
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TAG Lab (EV 11.435)