Keynotes

Anne Dippel
Anne Dippel
Anne Dippel is a socio-cultural anthropologist and media theorist exploring the playgrounds of science, technology and society. In her first anthropological study Dichten und Denken in Österreich. Eine literarische Ethnographie (2015) she looked into how writers play with language, and as a result shape national identities and collective memory in Austria. Her recent work focuses on the ludic dimension of high-energy physics, and asks how humans, machines and data make (sense of) nature at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). Currently, Dippel holds a lectureship position at the Department for Cultural Anthropology and History at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. In the past years, she was also a researcher at the Cluster of Excellence Image-Knowledge-Gestalt at Humboldt-University Berlin, a visiting assistant professor at MIT, and an associated member of the CERN collaboration.
Peppino (Giuseppe) Ortoleva
Peppino (Giuseppe) Ortoleva
Peppino Ortoleva is a scholar, critic, and curator situated at the intersection of history, media studies, and curation. He is currently full professor of History and Theory of Media at the University of Turin, where he is also the President of the Communication Sciences Program. Additionally, Ortoleva teaches at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia as an Adjunct Professor. He has been a Visiting Scholar at several universities, including Marburg, Girona, and Navarra. His forthcoming book Miti a bassa intensità (Low Intensity Myths) is an in-depth analysis of contemporary myths and their function in modern media. He has also published books on the history of the media system, on youth movements of the Sixties, on Italian commercial television, and on the history of cinema. His curatorial activity began in the Eighties. He’s currently collaborating with the Civic Museum of Catania, Sicily.
Anne-Marie Schleiner
Anne-Marie Schleiner
Anne-Marie Schleiner is engaged in gaming and media culture in a variety of roles as a critic, curator, activist, artist, and designer. She has participated in art residencies and given workshops in Germany, Belgium, Spain and Mexico. She has exhibited in international galleries, museums and festivals. Documentation of her performative culture work is available on the Video Data Bank. She holds a doctorate in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. Her book The Player’s Power to Change the Game (Amsterdam University Press, 2017) explores media art, activism, and game rhetoric. She has taught game design and digital art at universities in the United States, Mexico, and Singapore, and is a Lecturer in Design at the University of California, Davis.
Jaroslav Švelch
Jaroslav Švelch
Jaroslav Švelch is a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Bergen and assistant professor at Charles University, Prague, with background in media studies, linguistics and translation studies. He is the author of the upcoming monograph Gaming the Iron Curtain on the social history of games in 1980s Czechoslovakia (MIT Press, 2018). He is currently researching the history, theory, and reception of video game monsters as a part of the Games and Transgressive Aesthetics project. Additionally, he has written about the history of computer games, gaming culture, humor and playfulness in virtual spaces and political participation, and the Grammar Nazi phenomenon.