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Wednesday, June 19 • 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Living the Life of a Refugee: Games and VR for Change

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In the last few years, games and VR for change have encouraged support, sympathy, and action for a variety of migration and refugee issues. In this talk, I analyze and compare the virtual reality installation Carne y Arena (Iñárritu 2017) and the digital game The Migrant Trail (Gigantic Mechanic 2014), as part of the multimedia project The Undocumented (Williams 2013). I will show how both digital media examples use semi-fictionalized ethnographies to allow their users to thoroughly experience a fragment of Mexican and Central American refugees’ and migrant’s personal journeys and life stories.

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Joost Raessens

Full Professor and Chair of Media Theory, Utrecht Center for Game Research, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Prof. Joost Raessens holds the chair of Media Theory at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His research concerns the ‘ludification of culture,’ focusing in particular on games and VR for change in relation to global issues such as climate change, and refugees and migration... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Room 104