Embodiment in the Archive and on the Screen

About This Session

Towards a Groszian Understanding of Bodies in Videogames

Joshua Jackson, North Carolina State University

I utilize feminist media scholar Elizabeth Grosz's extensive vocabulary on bodies to reconstitute how bodies are perceived and created in modern triple-A videogame production. Using her work, I push back on industry-standard tropes of hyper-masculinity and anti-feminism and develop the first steps towards a fuller heuristic for critically analysing the subjectivizing elements of vidoegames.

Re-embodying Data: Encountering the "forgotten pandemic" of 1918

Liz Grumbach, Arizona State University 
Jacqueline Wernimont, Arizona State University 

More people died in the 1918 Flu Pandemic than in WWI and WWII combined, yet it’s often referred to as the “forgotten pandemic” by historians (e.g. Crosby). Using innovative methods to sonify and haptify data sets, a team of transdisciplinary ASU scholars is designing an installation to “re-embody” pandemic data. We will develop ways for visitors to feel/hear the unfolding of the pandemic in both time and space and highlight the ways in which illness spread across the diverse communities of the young state of Arizona. Our presentation will include a show and tell of the technologies, methods, and data used to construct these encounters.

On Queerness, Networked Memory, and the Quotidian Archivist

Cody Jackson, Texas Woman's University 

This project seeks to recover the poetry of Jim Wheeler who, in 1997, ended his life after immense amounts of anti-LGBTQ bullying, harassment, and violence. I hope to articulate the ways in which Jim, and many queer people, perform the act of archiving and resistance in their everyday lives. This presentation will be structured in a way that 1) allows Jim’s poetry to take up public space and 2) complicates the ways in which we interact with the archive, with personal stories, and through the methodologies we utilize to carve space for queer identity in ‘public’ spaces.

Presenters

Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson is a second-year Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media PhD student at North Carolina State University.  His current research interests revolves around gender and labor in the videogame industry and media archaeology. 

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Elizabeth Grumbach

Elizabeth Grumbach

Liz Grumbach is the Project Manager for Nexus, a Digital Research Co-Op in the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University.

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Jacqueline Wernimont

Jacqueline Wernimont is an assistant professor in the English department at Arizona State University, where she also serves as founding co-director of the HS Collab, an online space for collaborations on human security.

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Cody Jackson

Cody Jackson

Cody Jackson is a graduate teaching assistant at Texas Woman's University where he studies feminist materialism, environmental studies, and LGBTQ studies as part of the M.A. program in English. 

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