Greetings fellow scholars!
My name is Emma, and I am a first-year PhD student in Performance Studies at UC Davis. I’m thrilled to be joining the HASTAC Scholars this year – I look forward to meeting you all and to the stimulating and productive conversations I’m sure will be emerging from this network.
My research interests center around performances of sexuality and sex as performance. I am interested in exploring issues of intimacy, proximity, (in)authenticity and simulation, affect, and embodied knowledge and communication. Currently, I am interested in exploring the ways in which these kinds of questions are played with through the practices of larp, porn, and drag. Larp (live-action role-playing) is the subject that I am currently most focused on, and I am especially interested in the Nordic larp community, which tends to design games that aim to be extremely immersive and emotionally evocative.
Recently, I have also been working on a new, online publication called Analog Game Studies. With this project, we are attempting to challenge the current prevalence in game studies of discussions of computer and video games, and deliberately carve out a space for discussions of games containing a substantial analog component. In the execution of this project, we are also experimenting with new formats for online publishing, community building, and circulation of knowledge. (Also, we are always looking for new submissions, so I hope that some of you may be interested in contributing!)
It has been quite exciting reading through the bios of our incoming class of HASTAC Scholars – I’m looking forward to a thrilling and productive year ahead and can’t wait to see how everyone’s work and exploration will grow and develop.