Mary Flanagan 4:00pm-5:30pm, Room C204-205, CUNY Graduate Center

Thursday February 28:

Mary Flanagan

“Never Mind the Body, Here’s a Gamepad? Considering Embodiment in The Age of Play”

4:00pm-5:30pm, Room C204-205, CUNY Graduate Center,
365 5th Ave, New York.

Sponsored by the English Student Association, Doctoral Students’ Council, GC Digital Initiatives, and CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative.

Opening keynote for Minding the Body: Dualism and its Discontents, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the English Student Association at CUNY Graduate Center.

This keynote presentation explores a pervasive onscreen/offscreen split of identification and the body in what we could now call The Age of Play. Citing examples from artists’ work and popular culture, with a focus on games, Flanagan leads the audience on an investigation of current trends that are in diametrical opposition: on the one hand, a hunger for embodied, resonant experience; and on the other, a desire for control for the body, a recurring motif in fields from psychology to public health, manifesting in plastic surgery and digital manipulation of the body.

Mary Flanagan is Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College and Director of Tiltfactor Laboratory. She writes at Grand Text Auto; see also her work on Values at Play.