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14th May 2013

2nd Annual Feminists in Games Workshop – Vancouver

feminists in gamesFem­i­nists in Games, funded by a Cana­dian SSHRC Grant is an endeavor cre­ated with the pur­pose of assem­bling an inter­na­tional research asso­ci­a­tion of dig­i­tal media researchers from a full range of salient dis­ci­plines to begin build­ing ‘con­nec­tive tis­sue’ between and among them, so as to bet­ter under­stand the ori­gins and con­se­quences of this gen­dered dig­i­tal divide, and inter­vene in its reproduction. In the group’s second annual workshop, which will be held at the Centre For Digital Media this May 31st and June 1st, attendees will have two full days of panels, presentations and discussions on issues which impact women in technology and development. Tickets to this event are free, but space is limited. Early registration is recommended.

Event Details

Lunch on Friday and Saturday will be free for students and there is a suggested donation of $10.00 for professionals. Light snacks will be provided at the reception on Friday evening and there will be a cash bar. Below is the potential agenda schedule – please be advised, it is subject to change.

 Friday, May 31st, 2013


8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:20 Welcome to FiG Workshop 2013

Jennifer Jenson, York University

Suzanne de Castell, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

9:20 – 10:40 Paper Panel I

#1ReasonWhy I Should Sue You for Sexual Harassment

Nina Huntmann, Suffolk University


Representations of Feminism in Reddit

Kelly Bergstrom, York University


Dear Ada: Reflections and Analysis

Mitu Kandaker and Emily Flynn-Jones

10:50 – 11:40 Paper Panel II

The Gamer Girl Cyborg: Performance and Sexual Harassment within XBLN Halo and Call of Duty Communities

Victoria Hungford, California Institute of the Arts


Girl Gamers and Gamer Girls: An Analysis of Girl Gamers’ Identity Enactment on Twitter Twitter

Kari Storla, University of Southern California

11:50 – 12:40


Paper Panel III

Dynamic insertion of a forgotten minority: online role-playing-game female players

Jessica Soler-Benonie, Université Toulouse II le Mirail


Teaching with Games in a Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Classroom

Samantha Leigh Allen, Emory

12:40 – 1:40


1:40 – 2:40 Keynote

Athletes, Geeks, and Gamers:

Exploring Gender and Professional E-sports

T.L. Taylor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2:50 – 3:40 Paper Panel IV

“Unless she had implants, she must be Chinese”: A feminist analysis of players’ responses to representations of Chinese and Japanese female video game characters

Sara Downing, York University


Devushki-geimeri and post-Soviet feminist discourse: a look at female representation on Russian gaming sites

Catherine Goodfellow, University of Manchester

3:50 – 4:40



Emma Westecott, OCAD University

Hannah Epstein, Independent Game Designer

Alex Leitch, Site 3 coLaboratory | OCAD University


4:40 – 5:00




5:00 – 6:00



A Journey to the Moon

Brenda Laurel, University of California Santa Cruz

with Kirsten Forbes, Silicon Sisters

6:00 – 8:00 Cocktail Reception

Games Showcase


Saturday, June 1st, 2013

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 Paper Panel V: FiG Game Incubator Reports


Jeuxly and Feb Fatale

Cecily Carver, Dames Making Games


Bristol Incubator

Helen Kennedy


Pixelles: Montreal Incubator

Alison Harvey

10:40 – 11:30 Paper Panel VI

Chair: Helen Kennedy


Fashion & Design as Gateway Drugs: Women, Creativity and IT

Celia Pearce, Georgia Institute of Technology


Personality Types and Women in Technology

Frédérique Krupa, Paris College of Art

11:40 – 12:30


Paper Panel VII

Cultural Change: Playing the Long Game

Grace, Fat Ugly or Slutty

Bending the Rainbow: How the Feminist Prism Reveals Gaming Solutions

Katherine Cross, CUNY Hunter College


12:30 – 1:30




1:30 – 2:30 PANEL VII:


Erica Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University

Harsha Walia, No One is Illegal


2:40 – 3:20 Invited Speaker:

Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency

3:30 – 4:30 Roundtable:

Feminism in the Games Industry

4:40 – 5:35 Plenary Session:

FiG Folk Wrap-Up

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    3:56 am on May 14th, 2013

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    4:00 am on May 14th, 2013

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