Conferences

2017

October: “Beyond Gamer Love and Gamer Hate: Resistance to Violence, Vengeance, and Vitriol in Digital Games Culture.” 18th Annual Association Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR); Tartu, Estonia.

October: “Priming the Talent Pump: The Cultural Politics of Games Higher Education in the UK.” ReFiguring Innovation in Games Annual Conference; Edmonton, Canada.

June: “‘It’s Not a Nice Place to Work’: Innovation, Diversity, and Work-Readiness in Game Design Higher Education.” Canadian Game Studies Association Symposium; Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

May: “From Intervention to Development: Funding Priorities, Social Justice, and Academic Freedom.” Canadian Communication Association Conference; Ryerson University; Toronto, Canada.

May: “Cultivating Games Workers: Challenges and Opportunities in University-Industry Partnerships.” DiGRA UK, MediaCity Salford, United Kingdom. *With Dr. Nick Webber

2016

November: “Never Good Enough: Expertise, Exclusion and Digital Games”, The Politics of Expertise in Media and Cultural Research symposium; Birmingham City University, United Kingdom.

October: “Feminist Digital Research Methods Fishbowl”, 17th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR); Berlin, Germany.

July: “‘You’ve made the A-List!’: Celebrity, Affect, and Monetization in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood”, International Association for Media and Communication Research Conference; University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom.

July:“Blowing Up and Burning Out: The Double Binds of Media Aca-Activism”, Critical Capacities: Media Workers, Labour and Action – an IAMCR 2016 pre-conference, International Association for Media and Communication Research Conference; University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom.

June: “Calling In Instead of Calling Out: Intergenerational Feminist Praxis in Digital Games Scholarship and Activism”, International Communication Association’s (ICA) 66th Annual Conference; Fukuoka, Japan.

May: “Community Organizing For Inclusivity: Supporting Women in Media And Technology”, Canadian Communication Association Conference; University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.

2015

July: “Diversifying Resistance against the Hegemony of Play: Gender, Harassment, and Corporate Responsibility in Digital Games”, International Association for Media and Communication Research Conference; L’Université du Québec à Montréal; Montréal, Canada. *With Dr. Thorsten Busch and Prof. Florence Chee

July: “Of Brogrammers, Arrivistes, and Women in Games: Inequality and Action in Digital Games Production”, International Association for Media and Communication Research Conference; L’Université du Québec à Montréal; Montréal, Canada. *With Prof. Tamara Shepherd

June: “Towards a Feminist Gaming Counter Public”, Console-ing Passions; Dublin, Ireland. *With Stephanie Fisher

May: “Start Up, Cash In, Sell Out, Bro Down: The Historical, Social, and Technological Context of a Toxic New Gaming Public”, Digital Games Research Association Conference; Leuphana University, Lüneberg, Germany.*With Stephanie Fisher and Prof. Mia Consalvo

May: “Games of Resistance: Women’s Work, Community, and the Democratization of Game Design”, Union for Democratic Communications; Toronto, Canada. *With Stephanie Fisher

April: “‘What Can We Do For You?’: Feminist Action in Digital Games from Within the Neoliberal University”, Workshop on Activism and Communication Research in Canada; Toronto, Canada. *With Stephanie Fisher

2014

October: “Engendering Creativity, Engendering Labour: Girls & DIY Media”, 15th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR); Daegu, South Korea. *With Prof. Sara Grimes.

August: “Corporate Responsibility and the Governance of Harassment in Online Game Spaces”, The 74th Academy of Management Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, United States. *With Dr. Thorsten Busch and Prof. Florence Chee.

May: “Who Gets to Play at Making? Research Review and Future Directions”, Canadian Communication Association Conference, Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Canada. *With Matthew Wells.

May: “Reconfiguring Play: Children with Disabilities and the Regulation of Adaptive Gaming”, Canadian Communication Association Conference, Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Canada. *With Prof. Sara Grimes.

May: Panellist, “Scholarship as Cultural Production in the Corporatized University”, Canadian Communication Association Conference, Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Canada.

May: Panellist, “Bridges to and from the Ivory Tower: Community Organizing, Engagement, and Accountability”, Canadian Game Studies Association Symposium, Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Canada.

May: “The Promises and Pitfalls of Queer Game Design”, International Communication Association’s (ICA) 64th Annual Conference, Seattle, United States.

May: Session Leader, “Queer Games Production, Authorship, and Counter-Discourse”, ICA Preconference/Unconference on Technologies of Sex and Gender: Queer Theories and Subjects, International Communication Association’s (ICA) 64th Annual Conference, Seattle, United States.

2013

October: “Indies, Incubators, and Inclusion: Reconfiguring Gendered Participation in Game Design”, 14th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR); Denver, United States. *With Dr. Tamara Shepherd.

June: “‘Experience and Competence before Diversity’: Policing Gender in the Digital Games Industry”, International Association for Media and Communication Research Conference; Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.

June: Respondent, “Digital Crossroads: Youth, Migration, Diasporas and Networked Learning”, International Communication Association’s (ICA) 63rd Annual Conference; London, United Kingdom.

June: “Postfeminism in Games: Views from the Contexts of Play and Production”, International Communication Association’s (ICA) 63rd Annual Conference; London, United Kingdom.

June: “Changing the State of Play: Feminist Interventions in Game Culture”, International Communication Association’s (ICA) 63rd Annual Conference; London, United Kingdom.

June: “DIY From the Margins: Gaming, Ability, and Inclusive Design”, Canadian Game Studies Association Symposium; University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada. *With Prof. Sara Grimes.

May: “Presenting Pixelles: Lessons Learned and Future Directions”, 2nd Annual Feminists in Games Workshop; Vancouver, Canada. *With Dr. Tamara Shepherd.

April: “Invisible Difference: Integration, Inclusion, and the Adaptive Play of Children with Disabilities”, Different Games: A Two Day Conference on Diversity and Inclusiveness in Digital Games; New York City, United States. *With Prof. Sara Grimes.

February: Panel convenor and moderator, “Feminism in Games and Game Art”, Vector: Game + Art Convergence Festival 2013; Toronto, Canada.

2012

October: “Leadership in Context: The Contingencies, Affordances, and Competencies Producing Leaders in Massively-Multiplayer Online Play”, 13th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR); Salford, United Kingdom. *With Christine Ferguson.

October: “Making a Name in Games: Immaterial Labour, Indie Game Design, and Gendered Social Network Markets”, 13th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR); Salford, United Kingdom. *With Stephanie Fisher.

July: “‘Just Kiddy Games’: Gender, Age, and Technological Subjectivities from Halo to Wii Fit”, 9th International Conference of Crossroads in Cultural Studies; Paris, France.

July: Panel convenor and respondent, “Discipline and Discourse: (Re)Producing Gender in Gaming Culture”, 9th International Conference of Crossroads in Cultural Studies; Paris, France.

June: “From Girl Power to Power-Ups: Women in Games, Neoliberalism, and Postfeminism”, Canadian Communication Association Conference; Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada. *Chair and presenter.

May: “Feminist Hat Tricks: Interventionist Research and the Indie Game Community”, Canadian Game Studies Association Symposium; Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada. *With Stephanie Fisher.

May: “Follow the Leader: Considering the Production of Leadership and Followership in Massively-Multiplayer Online Play”, Canadian Game Studies Association Symposium; Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada. *With Christine Ferguson.

April: “Gendered Game Development, Interventionist Research, and Technological Subjectivities”, 2nd Biannual Conference on Gender, Bodies & Technology; Roanoke, United States. *With Stephanie Fisher.

2011

October: “Risky Business: Performing Gender, Harm, and Vulnerability around Youth Online”, 12th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR); Seattle, United States.

June: “Uncomfortable Subjectivities: Gender, Video Games, and Regulation”, Canadian Communication Association Conference; University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredericton, Canada. *Chair and presenter.

May: “Domesticating Play: Gendering Video Games in the Home”, Canadian Game Studies Association Symposium; University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredericton, Canada. *Chair and presenter.

2010

October: “Architectures of Participation in Digital Play: Code, Norms, and Virtual Worlds for Youth”, 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR); Gothenburg, Sweden.

September: “Feminist Technoscience and Gendered Networks of Gaming”, The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology; University of Trento, Trento, Italy.

July: “Enacting Gender Online: The Virtual Constitution of Boyhood and Girlhood”, Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme; Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom.

June:  Panel participant, “State of the Discipline: Graduate student reflections on the future of Canadian Communication Studies”, Canadian Communication Association Conference; Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

2009

September: “Balance Boards and Dance Pads: The Impact of Innovation on Gendered Access to Gaming”, Digital Games Research Association Conference; Brunel University, West London, United Kingdom.

May: “Situated Accounts in Non-Places: Doing Empirical Research on Online Gaming”, Canadian Game Studies Association Symposium; Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

May: “Gendered (Cyber)Communications: Identity, Performance, and Club Penguin“, Canadian Communication Association Conference; Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

March: “Empiricism and Ethics: Problems in Researching Youth, Gender, and Technology”, Researching Youth: Methodologies, Ethics and Access; University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

2008

May: “The Pleasure of the System: The Video Game as Cybernetic Feedback Loop”, Canadian Game Studies Association Symposium; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

March: “Labor as Play: Value, Ownership, and Regulation in Massively Multiplayer Online Games”, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference; Philadelphia, United States.

2006

September: “You Mean It’s Only a Game? Rule Structures, the Magic Circle, and Player Participation in Pervasive Mobile Gaming”, Canadian Game Studies Association Symposium; York University, Toronto, Canada.

June: “The Name of the Game: Building Interdisciplinary Methodologies for the Study of Video Games”, Canadian Communication Association Conference; York University, Toronto, Canada.

April: “Playing Stories: Narrative in Video Game Theory”, Narrative: An International Conference; Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

2005

June: “The Experience of Playing Video Games: Binaries and Conflicts within Video Game Theory”, Canadian Communication Association Conference; Western University, London, Canada.