Of Mancaves and Basements: Mapping Gender in Meatspace

Of Mancaves and Basements: Mapping Gender in Meatspace

The “Monday Night Seminar” carries on the tradition of Marsall McLuhan’s public seminars at the University of Toronto. All seminars take place from 6 – 8pm within the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of thinkers – academics, activists, scientists, artists, designers and planners – will explore digital culture from a feminist perspective.

The Monday Night Seminars are designed to challenge prevailing cultural notions about technology and provoke new insight on the possibilities for a more equitable technological future. Join us!

Monday Night Seminar February 5th: Of Mancaves and Basements: Mapping Gender in Meatspace

Join us in exploring gender in popular culture and the gaming community. With special guests Florence M. Chee (Loyola University Chicago), in conversation with Nicholas Taylor (North Carolina State University) and Emily Flynn-Jones.

Click here to to sign up on Eventbrite!

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Florence M. Chee: PhD, Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago, Director of SIMLab

Dr. Florence Chee is Assistant Professor of Digital Communication and Director of the Social & Interactive Media Lab (SIMLab) at Loyola University Chicago. Her research examines the social and ethical dimensions of emergent digital lifestyles with a particular focus on games, social media, mobile platforms, and translating those insights across industrial, governmental, and academic sectors. She has designed and taught graduate/undergraduate courses in Digital Media including Game Studies, where students engage with debates surrounding diversity, intersectionality and media production through social justice frameworks. She is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy. For inquiries by email, contact: fchee@luc.edu.

Dr. Nicholas Thiel Taylor: Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University

Dr. Taylor’s work applies critical, feminist and materialist perspectives to experimental research with digital gaming communities. In particular, he is interested in the intersections of subjectivity, communicative practice, technologies and games, as enacted through both game production and play across a variety of contexts. Currently Dr. Taylor is conducting an exploratory study of masculinity as mediated via domestic spaces of male play – “man caves”. This work is supported by ReFiguring Innovation in Games (ReFiG), a SSHRC-funded international project aimed at encouraging greater diversity and inclusivity in gaming. He is also Associate Director of the PhD program in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media (CRDM) at NC State University.

Emily Flynn-Jones: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Game Design and Development

With a PhD in New Media Cultures from the University of South Wales (2013), as well as the Banting Fellowship (2014), Emily Flynn-Jones’s work focuses on gender equity in gaming as well as discourses about inclusion in gaming communities. Her current work is more practical in nature, leading teams of students to develop serious games for the Ontario Ministry and the Escape Room World Championships as well as running game making workshops for single mothers. Whether researching, teaching or creating intersectional feminism is her guiding principle.​