Virtual Event Series | Imagining ourselves otherwise: the value of video games as a humanities research tool

April 26, 2021 (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Acadia professor Dr. Jon Saklofske notes that the construction of game experiences allow us to become conscious of, to redesign, and even to symbolically re-present systems of human interaction and social/political/economic experience. This research method allows us to experiment with, investigate, and tweak possibilities -- like a humanities lab space -- to potentially reconstitute/recontextualize existing systems in illuminating ways, and/or prototype and model other possibilities.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Jon Saklofske

Jon Saklofske is a Literature Professor at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.  His interest in the ways that William Blake’s composite art illuminates the relationship between words and images on the printed page has inspired current research into alternative platforms for open social scholarship as well as larger correlations between media forms and cultural perceptions. In addition to experimenting with virtual environments and games as tools for academic research, communication, and pedagogy, Jon’s other research interests include environmental storytelling in theme parks, values-based game design, and the critical potential of feminist war games.

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