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Claus Pias: Computer Game Worlds

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017. 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Roble Lounge 102
Workshop: 
Digital Aesthetics: Critical Approaches to Computational Culture
Meeting Description: 

Renowned media theorist and historian Claus Pias will discuss a selection from his book, Computer Game Worlds, on the occasion of its translation into English.

Computer games have become ubiquitous in today's society. Many scholars have speculated on the reasons for their massive success. Yet we haven't considered the most basic questions: Why do computer games exist? What specific circumstances led to the creation of this entirely new type of game? What sorts of knowledge facilitated the requisite technological and institutional transformations?

With Computer Game Worlds, Claus Pias sets out to answer these questions. Tracing computer games from their earliest forms to the unstoppable commercial and cultural phenomena they have become today, Pias then provides a careful epistemological reconstruction of the process of playing games, both at computers and by computers themselves. The book makes a valuable theoretical contribution to the ongoing discussion about computer games.

Claus Pias is Professor for the Theory and History of Media at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg where he also directs the Centre for Digital Cultures, the Digital Cultures Research Lab, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Media Cultures of Computer Simulation. He earned his PhD from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in 2000 which resulted in his book Computer Spiel Welten, published in 2002 (Computer Game Worlds, Chicago University Press, 2017). Pias has held teaching positions in Bochum, Essen, and Vienna and was a member of the Young Academy of the Berlin-Brandenburgian Academy of Science and of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina. His research focuses on media theory as well as the history and epistemology of simulation and cybernetics; his authored and edited publications include Was waren Medien? (Diaphanes, 2010) and Cybernetics: The Macy-Conferences 1946-1953 (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

 

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