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Title: "Inventing the Ludic Imagination: The Lost History of Game Parahernalia"
Aaron Trammell is an Assistant Professor of Interactive Media and Digital Games at UC Irvine. He was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar for Faculty Diversity in Informatics and Digital Knowledge at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, and he earned his doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information in 2015. Aaron’s research reveals historical connections between games, play, identity, and the United States military-industrial complex. He is interested in how military ideologies become integrated into game design and how these perspectives are negotiated within the imaginations of players.
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Each presentation in the series is part of the series of free, public lectures in the 2017 Arts Dean’s Lecture Series entitled “Video Games as Visual Culture” (part of the course Video Games as Visual Culture FILM 80V taught by Assistant Professor Soraya Murray). Arts Dean Susan Solt has selected the speakers, all noted for their innovative perspectives on one of the most inﬂuential forms of visual culture of our time.
The public is cordially invited.
Admission is free.
Parking by permit.
Sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Arts Division, Arts Dean’s Excellence Fund, Departments of History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) and Art, US Bank, and the Patricia & Rowland Rebele Chair in HAVC.