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What is ‘games culture’? Is there only one kind of gamer, only one way of playing games? If not: What are the different ways of engaging digital games? In how far do games allow for creative and subversive practices of play? The lecture series “Subcultures of Play” addresses these questions and is open for everyone: students and researchers, as well as journalists, game designers, and the interested public.

When? Every Tuesday, 6h30–8h00 p.m., April 4–June 16, 2015
Where? Forum Finkenau, Mediencampus Finkenau 35, 22081 Hamburg
For whom? The lecture series is public, admission is free.


14. April 2015
Games and Democracy
Dr. Tomas Rawlings, Auroch Digital
with an Introduction by
Prof. Dorothea Wenzel, HAW Hamburg
Working Group Games of the RCMC, University of Hamburg
as well as snacks & drinks

21. April 2015
Modding als subkulturelle Praxis [Modding as Subcultural Practice]
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Unger & Nele Heise, M.A., University of Hamburg

28. April 2015
Creative Gaming. Mit Spielen spielen [Creative Gaming. Playing (with) Games]
Dipl. Soz. Andreas Hedrich & Vera Marie Rodewald, M.A., Initiative Creative Gaming

5. Mai 2015
Virtuelle Erinnerungskultur. Geschichte und Computerspiel
[Virtual Remembering. History and Video Games]
Nico Nolden, M.A., University of Hamburg

12. Mai 2015
Virtueller Strafvollzug? Sanktionen gegenüber Avataren
[Virtual Corrections. Disciplining Avatars]
Stephan Dreyer, Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung
Dr. Christan Rauda, GRAEF Rechtsanwälte
Dr. Malte Elson, Ruhr-University Bochum

19. Mai 2015
Games and Digital Performance
Prof. Friedrich Kirschner, Hochschule für Schauspiel Ernst-Busch

26. Mai 2015
Religiöse Rituale und Erzählungen in Onlinerollenspielen
[Religion and Rituals in Online Role-Playing Games]
Simon Eckhardt, University of Hamburg

2. Juni 2015
Doors to Perception. A VR Art Experience
Maik Helfrich u.a., GamesMaster: Kunstwanderer Projekt, HAW Hamburg

9. Juni 2015
In-between the Virtual and Real World? 3D Surface Reconstruction
Dr. Hendrik Annuth, InnoGames

16. Juni 2015
Abschlussveranstaltung: Subkulturen des Game Design
[Subcultures of Game Design]
mit einem Impulsvortrag von
Dr. Jendrik Johannes, InnoGames
and closing BBQ

Organizers: Research Center for Media and Communication, University of Hamburg; GamingLAB of the Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft, University of Hamburg; Department Medientechnik at the Fakultät DMI of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences; in Cooperation with Innogames; gamecity:Hamburg; Initiative Creative Gaming e.V.; Arbeitsstelle für wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung, University of Hamburg.


Digital games have not only become a highly dynamic sector of today’s entertainment industry, but have also started to garner the public’s attention as relevant ‘cultural artifacts.’ However, gaming has always been a natural part of everyday culture both among adolescents and adults. Here, games are embedded in a wide range of cultural practices, which go beyond the notion of a unified and homogeneous ‘gaming culture.’ The lecture series will shed a light on these different “Subcultures of Play” from a range of academic disciplines, e.g. the social sciences, humanities, law, education, and game design. The focus will be specifically on those practices of production, appropriation and reinterpretation, which are in some way underrepresented, creative, subversive or just ‘different.’ The lectures by distinguished scholars and industry experts will be complemented by moderated discussions and workshops.


Forum Finkenau
Kunst- und Mediencampus Hamburg
Finkenau 35
22081 Hamburg

RCMC Games
Felix Schröter, M.A.
+49 (0)40 42838 4815


Public Transport
Finkenau 37
Mundsburg U3 | 172 |  173 | 25
Uferstraße 172 | 173 | 25
Wartenau U1

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