Archive for October, 2017

Call for papers, Game Studies

October 25, 2017

From the Gamesnetwork list: Call for papers for a special issue of Game Studies, “Queerness and Video Games: New Perspectives on LGBTQ Issues, Sexuality, Games, and Play.”

Extract from the CFP: This special issue of Game Studies seeks to explore new critical perspectives on queerness and video games, building from existing queer game studies work and broadening the current scope of the paradigm by inviting intersectional voices, highlighting underrepresented LGBTQ identities, and challenging those who study video games to make explicit the political implications of their work. The interplays, overlaps, and points of tension between video games and queerness are vast and myriad. Here, we aim to push into new corners of this work, moving beyond the simple and often instrumentalized call to increase LGBTQ representation. Instead, we challenge our fellow queer game studies scholars, as well as those who are new to this area, to explore what it means to critique, play, build, protest, and feel in ways that are queer.

The full call for papers is online at the Game Studies website:

Papers are due December 31, 2017.



Ableism in Academia

October 24, 2017

Symposium: 23rd March 2018 in the Drama Studio at UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL.

Academia prides itself on productivity, innovation and rigour. It also purports to promote inclusivity and diversity. However, as disabled, chronically ill, and neurodiverse academics know, ableism – discrimination in favour of able-bodied people – is endemic in academia. Against this background, this interactive symposium provides a forum to discuss the pressures and challenges faced by disabled, chronically ill, and neurodiverse academics. By engaging in debate around academic ableism, including how it intersects with gender, race, class, age, and sexuality, we aim to create a policy-facing manifesto that will challenge academia’s existing notions of able-bodied perfection and provide impetus for change. The event will be live-streamed to ensure wide accessibility, and we plan to share contributions through a website.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Fiona Kumari Campbell (University of Dundee), author of Contours of Ableism.

Abstracts (300 words max.) by 31 January 2018 for the 5 minute presentation on 23 March 2018.

For more information and to submit an abstract please go to:

CCDS seminars, Liverpool Hope

October 13, 2017

Sorrowless Lamentation:
Viewers’ Emotional Response to the Disabled Poor in Art

Prof Lennard J. Davis, University of Illinois at Chicago

Date: Wednesday 15 November, 2017
Time: 2.00pm–3.30pm
Place: EDEN 036 (Powys), Liverpool Hope University, UK

This seminar reviews the history of the disabled poor in Western Art and considers what the viewers’ emotional response to such depictions would be. Prof Davis is interested in the repeated tropes of disability and poverty over time and how the viewers’ responses might have changed.

This seminar is part of the CCDS series, Disability and the Emotions. Other dates include:

31 Jan 2018, Embracing Disorientation in the Disability Studies Classroom, Ryan Parrey.

07 Mar 2018, Affective/Effective Images? The Aesthetics of Representing Disability Experiences in Comics, Gesine Wegner.

18 Apr 2018, Crip Feelings/Feeling Crip, Brady Forrest.

23 May 2018, Remembering the Great War through Bodies and Emotions: The Experience of Disabled Ex Servicemen between the Two World Wars, Ugo Pavan Dalla Torre.

04 Jul 2018, Demanding Money with Menaces: Fear and Loathing in the Archipelago of Confinement, Owen Barden.

For further information please contact: Dr David Bolt, Liverpool Hope University

A lovely afternoon in Deus Ex M.D

October 12, 2017

Interior with spare parts, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

This is where Adam Jensen goes for repairs.

Get in the chair Adam – “The chair is gentle”.



News from the US

October 7, 2017

Here is a link to a story in The Atlantic about police and deaf people.

A quote from the article in The Atlantic: “Lewis co-founded the advocacy group Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf, and is an attorney and visiting professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. The log isn’t comprehensive, but it provides illustrative snapshots”

Here is a link to the HEARD log (T. Lewis).



Wonky Hanzers United

October 6, 2017

At home with a cold so I started playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – finally. It begins with a 12 min long backstory (revisiting events in Deus Ex HR). Then, at the end of that, it segues directly into the first mission briefing. Then Adam Jenson jumps out of the plane and lands in a ruined hotel in Dubai. Then – then – you get the option to turn on the subtitles. So I stomped around trying to pass as a professional till everyone depending on Adam got assassinated and one of his colleagues called him an effing bell end. Or he called me an effing bell end. Then I re-started and this time the mission brief had subtitles (so helpful) and one of his colleagues asked him if Adam was going to be a wonky hanzer… oh, bless. (P.S in my preferred made-up backstory Tong Si Hong reveals himself to be Adam’s birth father).

Clip. Trailer plus introduction – the captions start at about 3: 30. They are tiny and wordy. There are no captions on the trailer.