Seminar: Celebrities of Gaming

Time: 21.11.2019–22.11.2019
Location: Mattilanniemi, Agora Auditorium 1 & Mat­ti­lan­nie­mi A 210

What does celebrity mean in game cultures? What are the politics of visibility and celebrity afforded by gaming platforms and their wider ecologies of digital connection? We invite you to join a two-day seminar organised by the Department of Music and Culture Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies to discuss these questions and more. Registration is now open!

Celebrities of Gaming Seminar brings together experts from a wide range of fields to discuss the role of celebrities in the world of gaming on the 21st & 22nd of November at Mattilanniemi Campus.

Visit the seminar website for the Programme and a full list of Speakers.

Registration for the seminar.

All who are interested in these topics are welcome to attend the presentations and the discussions.

We are proud to have Katrin Tiidenberg (Associate Professor, Tallinn University) and Florence Chee (Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago) as keynote speakers.

Katrin Tiidenberg, PhD is an Associate Professor of Social Media and Visual Culture at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University, Estonia. She is the author of “Selfies, why we love (and hate) them”, as well as “Body and Soul on the Internet – making sense of social media” (in Estonian). Tiidenberg is on the Executive Board of the Association of Internet Researcher and the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences. She is currently writing and publishing on sex, social media, visual social media practices and digital research ethics.  More info at:

Florence Chee, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Digital Communication and Director of the Social & Interactive Media Lab (SIMLab) at Loyola University Chicago. Her research examines the social and ethical dimensions of emergent digital lifestyles with a particular focus on games, social media, mobile platforms, and translating those insights across industrial, governmental, and academic sectors. She is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy. Her most recent publication in Digital Studies questions how we as researchers of online communities can establish best practices through an ethics of care so that we might better understand the power dynamics we must negotiate when studying toxic environments and individuals targeted for harassment. She is currently working on The Social at Play, a book-length examination of Korean gaming culture. 

Further information

Senior researcher Veli-Matti Karhulahti,