Project workshop 2: June 1-3, 2016

Venue: Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Malostranske nam. 25, Prague. Directions here.
Confirmed speakers:

Kristine Jørgensen (UiB), Phil Hammond (LSBU), Kevin McSorley (UoP), Emil Hammar (UiT), Christine Smith-Simonsen (UiT), Adam Chapman (UiG), Vit Sisler (CUP), Piotr Sterczewski (JUK), and Holger Pötzsch (UiT). Tilo Hartmann (VUA) will be speaking via video link.


Full programme for open talks on day 1 can be donwloaded here.

Day 1: June 1, 2016 at room S5 (all talks are open to the public)

09:30 - 09:45 Welcome coffee

09:45 - 10:00 Welcome (Vit Sisler, CUP)

10:00 - 10:30 Introduction to WARGAME-project (Holger Pötzsch, UiT Tromsø)
PPT available here.

Panel 1: Method

10:30 - 11:00 Kristine Jørgensen (University of Bergen):
"War Game Experiences - Qualitative Methods in the Study of War Games"
PPT available here.

11:00 - 11:30 Holger Pötzsch (UiT Tromsø)
"Constraining Play - Steps Toward Neo-Formalist Game Analysis"
PPT available here.

11:30 - 12:00 Adam Chapman (University of Gothenburg)
"An Analytical Approach to Digital Historical Games: Simulation Style and Epistemology"
PPT available here.

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch

Panel 2: State-of-the-Art

13:30 - 14:00 Tilo Hartmann (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam):
"Tackling the Effects of Wargames on Users - A Review of Related Media-Psychological Approaches"
A recording of the presentation can be accessed here.

14:00 - 14:30 Kevin McSorley (University of Portsmouth):
"Playing in the End Times - Wargames, Resilience and the Art of Failure"

14:30 - 15:00 Vit Sisler (Charles University in Prague):
"Critical War Game Design - Mapping New Territories"
PPT available here.

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break

Panel 3: Case Studies

15:30 - 16:00 Emil Hammar (UiT Tromsø)
"Initial Interview Findings of Designing and Playing Memories through Digital Games"
PPT available here.

16:00 - 16:30 Piotr Sterczewski (Jagiellonian University in Kraków)
"'Children of Warsaw, We'll Go Into the Fight' - Discourses of Polish Cultural Memory in Games about the Warsaw Uprising"
PPT available here.

16:30 - 17:00 Philip Hammond (LSBU)
"Call of Jihad"
PPT available here.

17:00 - 17:30 Christine Smith-Simonsen (UiT Tromsø)
"Methodological Occidentism - A Useful Concept to Frame a Western Mindset?"
PPT available here.

17:30 - 17:45 Final Remarks (Vit Sisler, CUP)

19:30 Joint dinner

Day 2: June 2, 2016 at room S7: Internal Planning and Development Sessions (closed sessions)

Adaptation of project structure and frames to one of two relevant Horizon 2020-calls:

A: CULT-COOP-02-2017: "Improving mutual understanding among Europeans by working through troubled pasts"


B: CULT-COOP-04-2017: "Contemporary histories of Europe in artistic and creative practices "

10:15 - 13:00 Session 1 (chair: Holger Pötzsch, UiT)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 Session 2 (chair: Holger Pötzsch, UiT)

19:30 Joint dinner

Day 3: June 2, 2016 at room S7 (closed sessions)

10:15 - 13:00 Game studies course and syllabus development workshop 1 (chair: Vit Sisler, CUP)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 16:00 Game studies course and syllabus development workshop 2 (chair: Vit Sisler, CUP)


The project Virtual Memories benefits from a €48,000 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants. The aim of the project is to to strengthen and further develop the collaboration between Charles University and UiT Tromsø.

The symposium received additional support from Charles University in Prague, the Dept. of Language and Culture (UiT Tromsø), and the Centre for Peace Studies (UiT Tromsø).

Image from the game Czechoslovakia 38-89: Assassination (Czech Ministry of Culture and Charles University in Prague 2015). Courtesy Vit Sisler.

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