2022 | Past seminars

The Tampere Game Research Lab has hosted an international spring seminar for work-in-progress papers annually since 2005. As all participants have been able to read each paper in advance, the seminar has offered a unique place for informed discussion and to receive worthwhile and relevant criticism. Each seminar has had a theme and two or more expert commentators. Professor Frans Mäyrä has chaired the seminars, with professor Olli Sotamaa and other senior researchers doing co-chairing since 2019.

2022 Gamebooks

Commentators: Souvik Mukherjee (Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta), Hanna-Riikka Roine (Tampere University) & Raine Koskimaa (University of Jyväskylä)

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2021 Monstrosity

Commentators: Aino-Kaisa Koistinen from University of Jyväskylä, Sarah Stang from York Univerity, and Jaroslav Švelch from Charles University.

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2020 Immersive Experiences [cancelled]

Commentators: Aleena Chia from Simon Fraser University and Usva Inai from Goldsmiths, University of London, with an industry keynote by Johanna Koljonen.

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2019 Urban Play

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Commentators: Sybille Lammes from Leiden University and Dale Leorke from Tampere University.

2018 Making Games

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Commentators: Casey O’Donnell from Michigan State University and Annakaisa Kultima from Aalto University.

2017 Spectating Play

Commentators: Tanja Sihvonen from University of Vaasa and Nick Taylor from NC State University, with an industry keynote by Rami Ismail.

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2016 Money and Games

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Commentators: Juho Hamari from University of Tampere and Pauliina Raento from University of Helsinki.

2015 Adult Play

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Commentators: Ashley Brown from Brunel University London and Jaakko Stenrosfrom University of Tampere.

A selection of the papers from this seminar was published as a special issue in Games and Culture.

2014 Critical Evaluation of Game Studies

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Commentators: Jesper Juul from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Bart Simon from Concordia University, with keynote by Espen Aarseth from IT University of Copenhagen.

A selection of the papers from this seminar have been published as a special issue in Games and Culture.

2013 Physical and Digital in Games and Play

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Commentators: Annika Waern from Uppsala University and Katriina Heljakka from Aalto University.

A selection of the papers from this seminar have been published as a special issue of ToDiGRA.

2012 Role-Playing in Games

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Commentators: Torill Mortensen from ITU Copenhagen and J. Tuomas Harviainen from University of Tampere.

2011 Games and Innovation

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Commentators: F. Ted Tschang  from Singapore Management University, Jason Della Rocca from Perimeter Partners, Montreal and Mirva Peltoniemi from Aalto University.

You can check out the proceedings here.

2010 Games Research Methods

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Commentators: Mikael Jakobsson from Malmö University and Jussi Holopainen from Nokia Research Center.

A selection of the papers from this seminar have been published as a special issue of Simulation & Gaming.

2009 Playful Experiences

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Commentators: Aki Järvinen from ITU Copenhagen and Oskar Juhlin from The Interactive Institute.

2008 Breaking the Magic Circle

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Commentators: Markus Montola from University of Tampere and Simon Niedenthal from Malmö University.

2007 Games in Society

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Commentators: T.L. Taylor from ITU Copenhagen and Daniel Pargman from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

2006 Playing Roles

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Commentators: Craig A. Lindley from University of Gotland and Lisbeth Klastrup from ITU Copenhagen.

The International Journal of Role-Playing was initiated at this seminar.

2005 Creative Gamers

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Commentators: Henry Jenkins from MIT and Mikko Lehtonen from University of Tampere.