New CoE-GameCult Researchers

We are very happy and proud to welcome several new researchers into our Tampere Gamelab team, starting early 2021 – below are short introductions to our new team members, and their areas of expertise.

Hired as Postdoctoral Researchers, starting 2021:

Dr Joleen Blom

Intimacy, players’ affective & parasocial relationships with game characters, Japanese studies, fan studies, porn studies, Japanese game narratology, transmedia studies.

Dr Lobna Hassan

Diversity & accessibility in gaming, storification, politics, disability studies, games & popular culture.

Dr Mikko Meriläinen

Digital gaming & youth, game education, gaming literacy, public discourses of gaming.

Dr Lars de Wildt

Game production studies, player studies, identity construction, history & religion in games, cultural diversity.

Starting in 2021 as Affiliated Senior Researchers:

Dr Mattia Thibault

Semiotics of play & games, playful & critical design, ludic spaces, spatial justice.
– Dr Thibault starts the CoE-GameCult collaborations immediately, and becomes a full-time Senior Researcher in September 2021.

Dr Souvik Mukherjee

Postcolonialism and subalternity in videogame cultures, diversity, inclusiveness, Indian videogames & boardgames, games & storytelling, history in videogames.
– Dr Mukherjee will join the Centre as a visiting scholar at the earliest convenience.

Welcome! You can find the current team of CoE-GameCult researchers from our Researchers page.