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Wednesday, August 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat: Addressing Gender and Race in Critical Educational Practice, Inclusive Conference Design, and Intersectional Research on Gaming

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One of the pressing issues in gaming has been the lack of diversity. Recent events that highlight continued harassment and negative stereotypes against women and non-dominant groups have highlighted that this issue is still alive and kicking. In this Panel, we not only want to discuss these issues but also move forward with proposals on how to address them in design, research and practice. Panelists will present work on how to set up research labs that invite critical discussions, how to design public conferences that are inclusive in participation, and how to conduct research that examines how gaming communities can foster inclusivity. We will furthermore discuss implications from these experiences for serious gaming.

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Kishonna L Gray

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois - Chicago
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Yasmin Kafai

Chair, Teaching Learning & Leadership Division, University of Pennsylvania
Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher, designer, and developer of online communities and tools (ecrafting.org, stitchtfest.org, and scratch.mit.edu) to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Book publications include Connected Code, Connected Play, The Computer Clubhouse, Textile Messages, and Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat. Kafai earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working wit... Read More →

Gabriela Riachard

University Park, Pennsylvania, United States, Pennsylvania State University
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Sarah Schoemann

Georgia Institute of Technology
Sarah Schoemann is a doctoral candidate in Digital Media at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A designer and researcher working at the intersection of queer and feminist theory, design studies and human computer interaction, her research explores the social and technological practices... Read More →

Wednesday August 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Traditions Union South