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Games, ability, disability (reading list)

March 22, 2019

A quick list of more recent games, ability and disability research.

Backe, H.J., 2018, December. A Redneck Head on a Nazi Body. Subversive Ludo-Narrative Strategies in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. In Arts (Vol. 7, No. 4, p. 76). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. Link.

Ledder, S., 2019. 4 On dis/ability within game studies. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability: Looking Towards the Future, 2.

Mitchell, S. and Hamilton, S.N., 2018. Playing at apocalypse: Reading Plague Inc. in pandemic culture. Convergence, 24(6), pp.587-606.

This one about Overwatch (Cullen, Ringland, Wolf) A Better World: Examples of Disability in Overwatch. Link.

Davenport, A., 2016. “Beauty Sleeping in the Lap of Horror”: Landscape Aesthetics and Gothic Pleasures, from The Castle of Otranto to Video Games. In Gothic Landscapes (pp. 71-103). Palgrave Macmillan.


Reference list, Jan 19

December 13, 2018

Allan, K. (2013). Introduction: reading disability in science fiction. Disability in science fiction: representations of technology as cure. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1-18
Asif, S. & Saenz, C. J Med Humanit (2017) Colonialist Pasts and Afrosurrealist Futures: Decolonizing Race and Doctorhood in Doctor Who. Journal of Medical Humanities (online first Nov 2017)
Bakhtin, M. (1984). Rabelais and his World. Trans. H. Iswolsky. John Wiley & Sons
Campbell, F. K. (2009). Contours of ableism: Territories, objects, disability and desire. London: Palgrave MacMillan. doi, 10, 9780230245181.
Campbell, F. A. K. (2008). Exploring internalized ableism using critical race theory. Disability & Society, 23(2), 151-162.
Campbell, F. K. (2012). Stalking ableism: Using disability to expose ‘abled’ narcissism. In Disability and social theory (pp. 212-230). Palgrave Macmillan, London
Carr, D. (2017). Methodology, Representation, and Games. Games and Culture, 1555412017728641 (Online first version)
Consalvo, M. (2009). Cheating: Gaining advantage in videogames. MIT Press.
Cooper M (2004) Regenerative medicine: stem cells and the science of monstrosity, in Medical Humanities, 30:12-22.
Csicsery-Ronay Jr, I. (2008). The seven beauties of science fiction. Wesleyan University Press.
Foucault, M. (2002). The birth of the clinic. Routledge
Foucault, M. (1997). ‘The ethics of the concern for self as practice of freedom’ included in P. Rabinow (Ed.), Michel Foucault: Ethics: Subjectivity and truth (Vol. 1, pp. 281-302). New York: The New Press
Foucault, M. (1990). The history of sexuality: An introduction, volume I. Trans. Robert Hurley. New York: Vintage.
Frank, A.W. and Jones, T. Journal of Medical Humanities (2003) vol 24, nos 3/4 Winter 2003, p 179-186
Gibson R (2018) Graphic illustration of impairment: science fiction, Transmetropolitan and the social model of disability, in Medical Humanities Published Online First: 18 September 2018
Gilman, S. L. (1985). Black bodies, white bodies: Toward an iconography of female sexuality in late nineteenth-century art, medicine, and literature. Critical Inquiry, 12(1), 204-242.
Kirkland, E. (2009). Resident Evil’s typewriter: Survival horror and its remediations. Games and Culture, 4(2), 115-126.
Lupton, D. (2016). The quantified self. John Wiley & Sons.
Rabinow, P., & Rose, N. (Eds.). (2003). The essential Foucault: Selections from essential works of Foucault, 1954-1984. New York: The New Press.
Rose, N. (2001). The politics of life itself. Theory, culture & society, 18(6), 1-30.
Schrape, N. (2014). Gamification and governmentality. In Fuchs, M, S Fizek, P Ruffino, and N Schrape. Rethinking gamification. meson press, 2014 pp 21-46
Shapiro, S (2014) Zombie Health Care. In E.P Comentale and A. Jaffe, A. (eds). The Year’s Work at the Zombie Research Center, Bloomington: Indiana U P pp 1-58.
Shildrick, M. (2015). Leaky bodies and boundaries: Feminism, postmodernism and (bio) ethics. Routledge.
Shildrick, M. (2002). Embodying the monster: Encounters with the vulnerable self. Sage.
Shildrick, M. (2009). Dangerous discourses of disability, subjectivity and sexuality. Springer
Shildrick, M. (2000) Becoming Vulnerable: Contagious Encounters and the Ethics of Risk, in the Journal of Medical Humanities 21: p 215
Slaby J (2015) Critical neuroscience meets medical humanities, in Medical Humanities; 41, pp 16-22
Smith, A. (2012). Hideous progeny: Disability, eugenics, and classic horror cinema. Columbia University Press
Taylor, T. L. (2009). Play between worlds: Exploring online game culture. Mit Press
Viney W, Callard F, Woods A. Critical medical humanities: embracing entanglement, taking risks. Medical Humanities 2015;41:2-7.

Academic Freedom Resources

October 28, 2018

Thinking on libraries in relation to this article from NYT.

Bruno Latour in NYT LINK by Ava Kofman (26/10/2018)

“Facts, Latour said, were “networked”; they stood or fell not on the strength of their inherent veracity but on the strength of the institutions and practices that produced them and made them intelligible.”

Background reading, film, film studies and perspectives on ‘meaning’

August 9, 2018

Plantinga, C. (2002). Cognitive film theory: An insider’s appraisal. Cinémas: revue d’études cinématographiques/Cinémas: Journal of Film Studies, 12(2), 15-37.

Buckland, W. (1989). Critique of poor reason. Screen, 30(4), 80-103.

Carroll, N., 1992. Cognitivism, Contemporary Film Theory and Method: A Response to Warren Buckland. Journal of dramatic theory and criticism, 6(2), pp.199-220.

Address to the Heathen. Questions of Cinema, by Stephen Heath, Bloomington, Indiana University Press,. 1981. Review, N. Carroll

Thompson, K. (1988). Breaking the glass armor: neoformalist film analysis. Princeton University Press. Plus review, M Grant in Screen.

Bordwell, D. (1989). Historical poetics of cinema. The cinematic text: Methods and approaches, 3, 369-398.

Bordwell, D. (1991). Making meaning: Inference and rhetoric in the interpretation of cinema. Harvard University Press.

Bordwell, D. (1989). A case for cognitivism. In Iris (Vol. 9, No. 1989, pp. 11-40).

Branigan, E. (2002). Nearly True: Forking Plots, Forking Interpretations: A Response to David Bordwell’s” Film Futures”. SubStance, 31(1), 105-114.

What’s new in classical film theory? J von Moltke, Screen vol 55 isa 3 Sept 2014

Resource, film and philosophy/philosophy of film

Wollen, Peter. “‘Ontology’and ‘Materialism’in Film.” Screen 17, no. 1 (1976): 7-25.

Morgan, D., 2006. Rethinking Bazin: Ontology and realist aesthetics. Critical Inquiry, 32(3), pp.443-481.

Updated reading list

November 10, 2017

Digital Games and Disability Studies Literature

Carr, D (various) Find a list, some drafts and slides on the publications page at

Champlin, A. (2014) Playing with Feelings: Porn, Emotion, and Disability in Katawa Shoujo. Well Played. Vol 3 No 2

Gibbons, S., 2015. Disability, Neurological Diversity, and Inclusive Play: An Examination of the Social and Political Aspects of the Relationship between Disability and Games. Loading…, 9(14).

Gibbons, S. (2013) ‘Playing for Transcendence: Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Disability’. In First Person Scholar, October 2013.

Ledder, S. (2015) “Evolve today!”: Human Enhancement Technologies in the BioShock universe. In L. Cuddy (ed.) BioShock and Philosophy, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell p 149-160

Mitchell, S. and Hamilton, S.N., 2017. Playing at apocalypse: Reading Plague Inc. in pandemic culture. Convergence,

Goodley, D. Liddiard, K. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2018) Feeling disability: Theories of affect and critical disability studies. Disability and Society, 33 (2). pp. 197-217. Link.

Ahmed, S. (2007). THE HAPPINESS TURN. New Formations, 2008, 63.
Ahmed, S. (2010). Killing joy: Feminism and the history of happiness. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 35(3), 571-594.

Y. Söderfeldt & P. Verstraete (2013) From Comparison to Indices: A disabling perspective on the history of happiness. Health Culture and Society. Volume 5, No. 1 (2013) Link




D4D – Literature on prosthetics, augmentation, implants…

April 19, 2017

D4D project contributors and advisors have been compiling a list of literature on prosthetics, looking for work that moves between critical disability studies, and the more general transhuman or posthuman perspectives.

Here’s our list so far.

Thanks to Lucy Burke, David Bolt, Praminda Caleb-Solly and Martin Levinson.

Mitchell, David T., and Sharon L. Snyder. Narrative prosthesis: Disability and the dependencies of discourse. University of Michigan Press, 2000.

Lucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan): Roberto Esposito writes a very interesting – if problematic – piece on ‘the implant’ in Immunitas. Esposito seeks to reorient the immunity/contagion paradigm by thinking about communitas and the ‘taking in’ of the other. His work is informed by Foucault but he argues that Foucault’s conception of the biopolitical is wedded to a notion of the body that is no longer viable:

“… the body is experiencing a state of profound alteration, down to its essential fabric. The body demands to be thought of as a text written in code whose genomic key must be found, or the terminal of a planetary wide computer network, or as an object that is modifiable through plastic surgery … In all cases it enters into a direct, or actually symbiotic, relationship with what is other than itself; in the specific and literal sense that it carries its other within itself” (pp.148-149)

Andrew Goffey’s critique of the ‘immunological turn’ is also worth a look:

Dan Goodley, Rebecca Lawthom and Katherine Runswick Cole have written on Braidotti and the posthuman from a disability studies perspective –

Work by Vivian Sobchack.
Screen theorist (phenomenology and embodiment, science fiction) Sobchack identified some of the omissions in prosthetics discourse, drawing explicitly on her experiences of impairment.

Sobchack, A Leg to Stand On, LINK

Her essay on bodily integrity, LINK 

An interview,  LINK

Cachia, A. (2015) The (Narrative) Prosthesis Re-Fitted, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 9, 3, 247-264.

Eyre, P. (2011) Comment from the Field: Transforming Bodies: Prosthetics Seminar, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 5, 1, 109-112.

Savulescu & Bostrom 2009 – Human Enhancement

Smith & Morra Eds. 2007 – The Prosthetic Impulse

Neicu, M. 2012 – Prosthetics Imagery: Negotiating the Identity of Enhanced Bodies

Agar, N. 2014: Truly Human Enhancement

Praminda Caleb-Solly (UWE) contributed these suggestions:
There’s an interesting dialog to be had on 3d printing, open source initiatives and the ‘democratisation of design’ – putting the power back into the hands of the people (literally and metaphorically) to produce and define their own designs. For more on this topic, see Liarokapis, M.V., Zisimatos, A.G., Mavrogiannis, C.I. and Kyriakopoulos, K.J., (2014 February) Openbionics: An open-source initiative for the creation of affordable, modular, light-weight, underactuated robot hands and prosthetic devices. In 2nd ASU Rehabilitation Robotics Workshop.

Class notes, Jan 2017

January 6, 2017


Here are some drafted notes for Tue and Wed sessions, Jan 2017 – stuck here so that I can find them.



And here is a link to a trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road

Newspaper stories

November 14, 2016

On variability, cuts and assessment

Recent readings, papers, zombies

October 24, 2014

Alexander Champlin (2014) Playing with Feelings: Porn, Emotion, and Disability in Katawa Shoujo. Well Played: Vol 3. Link 

Backe, H-J and Aarseth, E (2013) Ludic Zombies: An examination of zombieism in games. DiGRA 2013 paper. Link

Gayser, H and Tshabababa P (2011) Return to Darkness: Representations of Africa in Resident Evil 5. Link

My papers and presentations for 2013/14 are updated here.


Alt Futures

May 30, 2014

Collective working reference list for ‘Alternative Futures’

Agar, N. (2013). and What’s Wrong with It. Designer Biology: The Ethics of Intensively Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems, 87.

Braidotti, R. (2013). The Posthuman. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Branson, J., & Miller, D. (2002). Damned for their difference: The cultural construction of deaf people as” disabled”: A sociological history. Gallaudet University Press.

Carden-Coyne, A. (2007). Ungrateful bodies: Rehabilitation, resistance and disabled American veterans of the first world war. European Review of History—Revue européenne d’Histoire, 14(4), 543-565.

Cella, M.J.C. (2013). The Ecosomatic Paradigm in Literature: Merging Disability Studies and Ecocriticism. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, pp. 1–23

Charnock, D., & Standen, P. J. (2013). Second-Hand Masculinity: Do Boys with Intellectual Disabilities Use Computer Games as Part of Gender Practice?.International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL), 3(3), 43-53.

Davies, B., & Gannon, S. (2006). Doing collective biography: Investigating the production of subjectivity. McGraw-Hill International.
Davis, L. J. (Ed.). (2006). The disability studies reader. Taylor & Francis.

Davis, L. J. (1995). Enforcing normalcy: Disability, deafness, and the body. Verso.

Davis, L. J. (1997). Constructing normalcy. The disability studies reader, 9-28. Forman et al, 2011

Gabel, S., & Peters, S. (2004). Presage of a paradigm shift? Beyond the social model of disability toward resistance theories of disability. Disability & Society,19(6), 585-600.

Garland-Thomson, R. (2009). Staring: How we look. Oxford University Press.

Garland-Thomson, R. (2004). Integrating Disability. Gendering Disability, 73.

Garland-Thomson, Thomson, R. G. (1997). Extraordinary bodies: Figuring physical disability in American culture and literature. Columbia University Press.

Godlewski (2005)

Goodley, D., & Runswick‐Cole, K. (2011). Problematising Policy: Conceptions of ‘child’,‘disabled’and ‘parents’ in social policy in England. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 15(1), 71-85.

Gwynne, P. (2013). Technology: Mobility machines. Nature, 503(7475), S16-S17.
Kasnitz, D. (2001). Life event histories and the US independent living movement. Disability and Life Course: Global Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 67-78.
Kurzweil, R. (2005). The singularity is near: When humans transcend biology. Penguin.
Levinson, M. P. (2005). The Role of Play in the Formation and Maintenance of Cultural Identity Gypsy Children in Home and School Contexts. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 34(5), 499-532.

Linton, S. (1998). Claiming disability: Knowledge and identity. NYU Press.

McRuer, R. (2006). Crip theory: Cultural signs of queerness and disability. NYU press.

Mitchell, D. T., & Snyder, S. L.(2000). Narrative prosthesis: Disability and the dependencies of discourse. University of Michigan Press.

Mogk, M. E. (Ed.). (2013). Different Bodies: Essays on Disability in Film and Television. McFarland.

Rao, U., J.Hutnyk (2006) (eds) Köpping, Klaus-Peter. Celebrating Transgression: Method and Politics in Anthropological Studies of Culture: a Book in Honour of Klaus Peter Köpping. Berghahn Books, 2006.

Reid-Cunningham, A. R. (2009). Anthropological theories of disability. Journal of human behavior in the social environment, 19(1), 99-111.

Sandahl, C., & Auslander, P. (2005). Bodies in commotion: Disability and performance. University of Michigan Press.

Scheer, J., & Groce, N. (1988). Impairment as a Human Constant: Cross‐Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Variation. Journal of Social Issues, 44(1), 23-37.

Shakespeare, T. (2006). Disability rights and wrongs. Routledge.

Siebers, T. (2008). Disability theory. University of Michigan Press.

Smith, A. M. (2003). ‘Hideous Progeny’: Eugenics, Disablility, and Classic Horror Cinema

Speedy, J., Bainton, D., Bridges, N., Brown, T., Brown, L., Martin, V. & Wilson, S. (2010). Encountering “Gerald”: Experiments with meandering methodologies and experiences beyond our “selves” in a collaborative writing group. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(10), 894-901.

Speedy. J and Wyatt, J (Eds.) (2014). Collaborative Writing as Inquiry (2014) Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press

Swain J., French, S., Barnes, C. & Thomas, C. (2013). Disabling Barriers – Enabling Environments (3rd ed.) London: Sage

Warren, N. and Manderson, L. eds. 2013 Reframing Disability and Quality of Life: A Global Perspective, New York: Springer

(Zoss et al, 2011) Strausser, K. A., Swift, T. A., Zoss, A. B., Kazerooni, H., & Bennett, B. C. (2011, January). Mobile Exoskeleton for Spinal Cord Injury: Development and Testing. In ASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control (pp. 419-425). American Society of Mechanical Engineers.