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18:30 - 20:30 12 September 2016

Video games and democracy


G6 Lecture Theatre | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Constance Steinkuehler, University of Wisconsin-Madison; former advisor to the White House on video game-related policies.
Cliff Harris, Positech Games, designer of the Democracy series
Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of UK Interactive Entertainment; London Tech Ambassador and former Commissioning Editor for Education at Channel 4
Rob Williams, CEO, War Child
Dr Felix Ciută, Senior Lecturer in international relations, UCL SSEES

Video games are everywhere. Democracy is changing. How will these trends combine? This event brings together game designers, campaigners, professionals in the video games industry and academics, to discuss the role that video games and the video games industry can play in shaping modern democracy.

Video games are already used for electoral campaigning and political education, for propaganda, resistance or dissent. So what is the role of video games in the democratic process? How should video games represent democracy? Can video games facilitate democratic practices and communities that transcend national boundaries? Should democratic responsibility affect the way games are commissioned, designed, or reported in games journalism? Is there a distinction between 'serious' and commercial games in terms of their potential impact?


Claudia Roland
+44 (0)20 7679 8754 | c.roland@ucl.ac.uk


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