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New Approaches to Transmedia and Language Pedagogy International Conference

Start date: 27th June 2019

End date: 28th June 2019

Location: Manchester Metropolitan University

The Manchester Metropolitan University announces its “New Approaches to Transmedia and Language Pedagogy International Conference”, which will bring together international researchers in all areas of Modern Languages, Pedagogy and Transmedia. This conference is being convened by the Manchester Metropolitan University and supported by the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) project entitled ‘Cross-language dynamics: reshaping community’, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

For more information please contact Dr Carmen Herrero ( and Ms Marta F Suarez ( Registration fees: £150 | Concessionary rate (postgraduates): £80

John Lean: Play and Participation

Date: 27th February 2019

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Location: MMU, Brooks Building. Room 1.22


John Lean is a third-year PhD scholar at Man Met’s Education and Social Research Institute. In his PhD project, he uses his work with Foundation Year Education students to examine the way in which play can transform participation in higher education.

In this seminar John will discuss how what started out as a straightforward design-based project has, through embracing play as a cultural form, become more about how games can be used as an extended metaphor to understand and enhance undergraduates’ experiences of university.


Board Game Training Workshop, with PMLG & Games Research Network

Date: 20th September 2018

Time: 10:00-16:00

Location: MMU, John Dalton Building

Join PMLG and the Games Research Network in Manchester for a Royal Society of Chemistry-sponsored workshop introducing the use of ‘off-the-shelf’ tabletop games to generate a dialogue around chemistry. Following the workshop, support and materials will be provided to enable you to use these games in public libraries during (and after) International Games Week.


Paolo Ruffino: Inhuman(e) Gaming: Video Games for Earthly Survival

Date: 24th October 2018

Time: 14:00-16:00

Location: MMU, Geoffrey Manton Building. GM302


In this talk I look at the emergence of forms of automation within digital gaming, self-playing games, games made and/or played by artificial intelligence systems, games played by ghosts and non-living matter. I contextualise these experiments as part of the excitement and exasperation for, and as premediation of, the mass extinction of life from Planet Earth. I focus on incremental and idle games, as examples of ‘grotesque economies’ (Giddings, 2018), and as both inhuman and inhumane forms of play (an expression borrowed from Braidotti, 2013). I look at these examples as possible companions in our struggle for earthly survival.


Paolo Ruffino is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies in College of Arts at the University of Lincoln. He has been researching and publishing in the areas of video game culture, media arts and media studies. His interests include independent forms of video game development, archaeologies of games, hacking, modding and practices of modification of video game software, gamification and the Quantified Self. Paolo is the author of Future Gaming: Creative Interventions in Video Game Culture (Goldsmiths Press), and has been the co-editor of the volume Rethinking Gamification (Meson Press), an issue of journal GAME on video game subcultures, and of a special issue of Games and Culture on the early work of Roger Caillois.

If you would like to attend please email Chloé Germaine Buckley ( If you have any specific access needs please do let us know.


Funding an Indie Games Studio

Date: 1st March 2018

Time: 14:00-15:00

Location: John Dalton Room E419

We welcome Sam Rushton, from Creative England, to introduce the topic of funding for indie game studios. Sam will talk through the process of setting up an indie studio, sources of funding, and what investors are looking for in applications. The talk is aimed at undergraduate students, but all are welcome.

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