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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.


Kishonna Gray

Eastern Kentucky University

Yasmin Kafai

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... 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 the founder of Different Games Conference and a doctoral student in Digital Media at Georgia Tech. As a researcher, game designer and educational technologist, her work investigates the implications of accessible media and technology tools as vehicles for personal expression and social critique within communities of practice, considering the ways they are in conversation with broader issues of equity and social justice, both... Read More →

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

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