Lisa Lynch, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism (http://theoldestgame.concordia.ca)
Dr. Lynch works broadly at the intersection between culture, technology, and political change, publishing, presenting and teaching her research in the fields of new media, global media flows, visual culture and human rights. From 2004-2006, she was the director, along with Elena Razlogova (now Assistant Professor of History at Concordia) of the Guantanamobile Project, a multimedia documentary about the U.S. detention of prisoners at Guantanamo. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from Journalism Practice and New Literary History to Open Democracy and The Arab Studies Journal. She is currently at work on two book projects; one on the representation of the post-cold war nuclear threat in film, museums and the visual arts, and another on the ever-increasing boundary skirmishes between traditional, institutional sites of facticity and newer, contingent sites of authority. In 2013-2014, she has three concurrent research projects: a SSHRC-funded investigation into the way in which Canadian newspapers understand Internet governance; a Grand/NCE funded project on the archiving of born-digital news materials, and a Grand/NCE project on newsgaming.
Sandra Gabriele, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Sandra Gabriele is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research has primarily focused on the history of newspaper forms, including women’s pages in the nineteenth century, weekend editions in the twentieth century and digital formats, including newsgames. She is a co-editor and co-author of Intersections of Media and Communications: Concepts and Critical Frameworks (Emond Montgomery, 2011). In addition to researching and designing The Oldest Game, a newsgame on Canada’s sex work laws, she is currently finishing a manuscript on weekend editions in North America, tentatively titled The Sunday Paper, to be published by University of Illinois Press in 2015.
Amanda Feder is currently completing her masters in Media Studies at Concordia University. Her research interests include feminist media, media and sexuality, and documentary film. Previously, she worked as a researcher and production coordinator for Storyline Entertainment, an award-winning documentary film company. She also wrote and produced short segments for television, including CNN International. Amanda’s short films have been screened internationally and have received numerous awards. Amanda is responsible for contributing to the research and content of this newsgame, as well as for writing blog content.
Martin Desrosiers, computation arts student at Concordia University. Martin is interested in immersive installations, web design, film production, architecture, video games and digital arts. His artistic works are addressing the issues surrounding web freedom, ecology, feminism, social justice and human rights. Martin’s academic background in filmmaking and management reflects his mind’s opposite attractions for rational mathematical thinking and engaged intuitive creativity. Activist for many causes and participative member of a political party, Martin is constantly using new art forms to initiate social changes. He is also known for being a devoted parent of two wonderful children.
Artist & Designer
Stephanie Goddard is a 3rd year student currently attending Concordia University, in the Computation Arts program. She previously studied Publication Design and Hypermedia Technology at John Abbott CEGEP, and has spent time interning for the Design Studio YES Montreal, along with working with commissioning and selling her illustration artworks online. She is inspired by illustrative work, innovative and engaging game design, and animation. Her aspirations include working in the gaming industry, and expanding her knowledge of games with meaning and greater user engagement.
Eileen Mary Holowka
Eileen Mary Holowka is doing her MA in creative writing at Concordia with a focus on digital narratives, online testimonies of sexual trauma, and feminism in digital culture. She received her BA Honours in English, Theatre, and Film from the University of Winnipeg and is the editorial assistant for the Canadian poetry journal Contemporary Verse 2. She spends her spare time making games, learning to program, and writing music, and has written for video games about retirement homes and space-traveling animals. She is currently working on a digital narrative about sexual trauma and online harassment called Circuits.
Bio coming soon!
Natalie Zina Walschots
Natalie Zina Walschots is a PhD candidate at Concordia University, working on a project of feminism, video games and gaming communities under the auspices of the Centre for Interdisciplinary studies. As a free lance, she writes about heavy metal, CanLit, speculative fiction and horror, feminism, combat sports and video games for a living. She regularly contributes to National Post, Quill & Quire, The Globe & Mail, Rue Morgue and Torontoist. Natalie is the Section Editor of Aggressive Tendencies (Metal & Hardcore) in Exclaim!, and the Reviews Editor of This Magazine. She is the author of two books of poetry: DOOM: Love Poems For Supervillains, was published by Insomniac Press in the Spring of 2012; and Thumbscrews, which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was published by Snare Books in the Fall of 2007. She has often been in the newspaper for swearing.
Ben Spencer is a Montreal-based artist whose works draw from a diverse field of sound-related practices. His areas of focus include contemporary folk music, sound poetry, sample-based music production, as well as sound design and music composition for film and video recordings. He is particularly interested in the broad and nebulous intersections between musical and environmental sounds.
As a recording artist and a performing songwriter, Ben Spencer has released three full-length albums of his own compositions. The most recent of these, 2009’s Saboteurs, was supported by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Recording. The album was co-produced by Jean Massicotte (Patrick Watson, Lhasa de Sela) and received generous airplay on Canadian community and college radio, including a ‘Track of the Day’ selection from CBC Radio 3.
Ben Spencer has toured extensively in support of his recorded releases, appearing at such high-profile music festivals as NXNE, the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, Trout Forest Music Festival and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. His performances often include both musical and poetic interludes, and feature ever-changing instrumentations and arrangements.
He is currently working on an album of music for children. This project, which relies heavily on irony and humour to address issues of social justice, is titled Songs for Terrible Children, and will be completed in 2014.