OASIS Lunch Time Talk: Assemblage agency and the games that play us

Maria Ruotsalainen is a Doctoral Candidate in Digital Culture at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her doctoral thesis focuses on esports as a cultural phenomenon and deals with matters such as gender, nationality, desire, and affects in a digital play and esports.

Do we play games or do they play us? I examine the construction of agency in the play of multiplayer video games by utilizing autoethnographic approach. I pay attention to how different elements contribute to the sense of agency and argue that Jane Bennet's (2009) concept "assemblage agency" can offer a fruitful way to examine player agency.

OASIS Lunch Time Talks is a series of lectures on current research by fascinating scholars from near and far. The event is free and open to all, welcome!


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