Please feel free to drop in to this workshop and brainstorming session where archaeologists with Erik Champion will work through some ideas and plans for the design of computer games that are based in data of archaeological research and cultural heritage management and the interpretations of the past.
Starting point: Champion, Erik (2011) Playing with the Past. Springer, London.
Erik Champion is internationally renowned and respected in the field of the use of computer gaming in learning, research, and broader interest contexts of archaeology, history, and cultural heritage. Trained originally in architecture, his Ph.D. dissertation in 2006 from the University of Melbourne was on Evaluating Cultural Learning in Virtual Environments, using the archaeological and cultural heritage site of Palenque, Mexico, as a test-case. In 2013 he became Professor of Cultural Visualization in the School of Media Culture and Creative Arts, in the Humanities Faculty of Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Prior to that he was Project leader in new Digital Humanities Lab Denmark, a consortium of four Danish universities, where he was hosted at Aarhus University. Here he worked with EU research infrastructures and projects acting as the “Research and Public Engagement” leader for DARIAH.eu. From 2008 to 2011 he was Associate Professor in the School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand. In his 2011 book Playing with the Past (Springer-Verlag) Dr.Champion discusses the construction of virtual environments, place-making, cultural presence, game-style interaction, interactive narratives, serious games, and architectural visualization in the context of past cultural contexts of heritage, history, and archaeology. These same research themes are discussed in his edited book Game Mods: Design, Theory and Criticism (ETC Press, 2012), and numerous other book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers that may be found in: http://erikchampion.wordpress.com/. Erik is currently working on a book “Critical Gaming and Digital Humanities” for Ashgate Publishing Group’s Digital Humanities Series. The topic of these talks owe their origin to material that he wrote in a book chapter for the Oxford University Press Handbook on Virtuality.
Other talks by Erik Champion this week:
Wednesday, February 12, 2014: ARF Brownbag Lecture: “Heritage Via Games and Game Mods” 2251 College Avenue, Room 101
Thursday, February 13, 2014 Off Campus Talk: “Cultural Heritage and Surround Displays, VR and Games for the Humanities” MOVES Institute, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey.