DiGRA 2020 Keynotes:

Laura Kröger


Laura Kröger is a Finnish larp designer and producer. Most notably, she was the lead producer and narrative director of Odysseus, in Helsinki 2019. The Odysseus volunteer team spent two years designing the event leading up to converting a local public school into a fully-functioning audiovisual spaceship, to run an intensive, 48 hour space adventure larp for 100 players three times. The project drew a lot of attention from national media and the international larp scene. Kröger has worked with larp for 20 years, and has lectured in multiple events about larp production and design. In her free time, Kröger works as a software development project and service manager at CGI.

Rilla Khaled

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Dr. Rilla Khaled is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada, where she teaching interaction design, serious game design, and programming, among other subjects. She is the former director and an advisory board member of the Technoculture, Art, and Games (TAG) Research Centre, Canada’s most well-established games research lab, in the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture, and Technology. Dr. Khaled’s research is focused on the use of interactive technologies to improve the human condition, a career-long passion that has led to diverse outcomes, including designing award-winning serious games, creating speculative prototypes of near-future technologies, developing a framework for game design specifically aimed at reflective outcomes, and working with Indigenous communities to use contemporary technologies to imagine new, inclusive futures.

Kishonna Gray

Dr. Kishonna L. Gray is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Gender and Women’s Studies in the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She also previously served as a MLK Scholar and Visiting Professor in Women and Gender Studies and Comparative Media Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her most recent book is Race, Gender, and Deviance in Xbox Live (Routledge, 2014). Dr. Gray is an interdisciplinary, intersectional, digital media scholar whose areas of research include identity, performance and online environments, embodied deviance, cultural production, video games, and Black Cyberfeminism.

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Susanna Paasonen

Dr Susanna Paasonen is Professor of Media Studies at University of Turku, Finland. With an interest in studies of sexuality, networked media, and affect, she is the PI of the Academy of Finland research project, Sexuality and Play in Media Culture (2017–2021) and the consortium, Intimacy in Data-Driven Culture (2019–2022). Her books include NSFW: Sex, Humor and Risk in Social Media (MITP 2019, with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light), Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play (Goldsmiths Press 2018), Networked Affect (MITP 2015, co-edited with Ken Hillis and Michael Petit), and Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (MITP 2011).

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