Guest Lecture by Jaroslav Švelch

On Wednesday, May 23, the Cologne Game Lab welcomes Jaroslav Švelch from the University of Bergen, who will give his talk entitled “We have always been indie: Lessons from social history of game making in 1980s Czechoslovakia.” Jaroslav will delve into the politically-charged games developed in Czechoslovakia during the 80′s, analyzing their content, form, and peculiar means of distribution. From this starting point, he will explore how the current concept of “indie” compares to the development conditions behind the Iron Courtain. His book on the same topic will be published later this year by MIT Press: https://mitpress.mit.edu/contributors/jaroslav-svelch

Jaroslav is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bergen, where he conducts research concerned with the meaning and behavior of video game monsters within the “Games and Transgressive Aesthetics” project. Besides this, he has written on history of computer games, gaming culture, the Grammar Nazi phenomenon, and humor and playfulness in virtual spaces.

Find further information on Jaroslav Švelch here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm | Auditorium