OASIS hosts various talks on academic and non-academic topics. These talks are always free and open to everyone.
Our current talk series is called OASIS Lunchtime Talks and you can find the schedule and information about the talks below.
In addition to this curated series, the page highlights other types of OASIS Talks, past and yet to come.
OASIS LUNCHTIME TALKS - SPRING SEASON 2022
OASIS Lunchtime Talks is a series of lectures on current research by fascinating scholars from near and far.
The talks are usually held on Thursdays during lunch hour (12.00 - 13.00 or 12 PM to 1PM).
The lecture series was created by Olli Sotamaa and the current series of OASIS Lunchtime Talks is curated by Heikki Tyni and Jaakko Stenros, and produced by Mikko Seppänen and Elisa Wiik.
Thursday - May 12th
The Value of NFTs in Games
Blockchain enthusiasts believe that NFTs introduce new forms of value, ownership, and scarcity to digital games. However, actual mechanisms of value creation tend to deviate from those described in promo materials. In their talk, Alesha Serada will explain the basic principles behind different types of value such as exchange value, use value, and the value derived from labor. This may be of help to those optimists, who, due to their financial, personal or political preferences, still want NFTs in their games.
Alesha Serada is a PhD student and a researcher at the School of Marketing and Communication at the University of Vaasa, Finland. Their dissertation, supported by the Nissi Foundation, discusses construction of value in games and art on blockchain.
Monday - April 25th
Playing with toy soldiers? A look at miniaturing
Miniaturing, the activity of collecting, painting, and gaming with miniature figures, is often mislabeled as simply wargaming. Instead, miniaturing is a rich social pastime that weaves together crafting, storytelling, and consumership with free play, storytelling, and gaming. In his talk, Meriläinen discusses the research and personal experiences of adults spending their time and money on what are essentially toys – or are they? The talk is aimed at anyone interested in adult play, tabletop gaming, and the materiality of games.
Mikko Meriläinen is a postdoctoral researcher at Tampere University and the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies, focusing on gaming as part of everyday life. He has been an avid miniaturist since age 14.