Welcome to PLAYHOUSE

Playhouse is not really a blog.

It’s a place for Diane Carr to file things.

I’m based at the UCL IOE (formally the IOE University of London).  I teach and research digital games and gaming cultures.

See under ‘who and what is playhouse?’ for more details.

Follow entries (over there, on your right) to more information on game studies events, research and publications.

Notes on digital games and critical disabilty studies are posted under the category ‘games, ability and disabilty’.


AHRC development grant (October 2014 -March 2015) Multi-disciplinary team project Alternative Futures: Disability and Community (fantastic team! Role: co-investigator).

AHRC funded Fellowship Digital Games:  Representations of disability (2013 – early 2014)

March 2012 – March 2013, On leave

2010 – 2011, Chair,  Higher Education Academy funded ‘Games, Virtual Worlds and Higher Education SIG’

2009 – 2010, Methodoludica: Virtual Worlds/Methodology part of “MediaEvo”, led by Franca Pinto Minerva and Pierpaolo Limone, University of Foggia with Giovanni Aloisio, University of Salento (MediaEvo – Sviluppo di una piattaforma Multicanale e Multisensoriale per l’Edutainment nei Beni Culturali).

2007 – 2008, Learning from Online Worlds; Teaching in Second Life  Funded by the Eduserv Foundation. Please follow the link to the project blog for more information.

2003 – 2007, Meaning and the Playable Text. PhD examined by Jon Dovey and T.L Taylor, passed without corrections.

2004 – 2007, Digital Technology, Learning and Game Formats: Computer games, motivation and gender funded by the Eduserv Foundation

2001 – 2003,  Textuality and Videogames: Interactivity, Narrative Space and Role Play funded by the AHRB, co-directed by David Buckingham and Andrew Burn



What is digital game studies?

For more information about research into digital games, online worlds or computer games, try the journal Game Studies, or visit the digital library at the Digital Games Research Association, particularly the papers from the DiGRA international conferences. There is a also a sample issue of the journal Games and Culture online here,  Other game studies journals available online include Loading, and Eludamos.

If you have trouble accessing the information on this blog, and you would prefer the material in another format please contact me d.carr[at]ioe.ac.uk.

The cover star is Ms Vella, a Second Life avatar.

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