Click the link for the full article, "Gaming's Impact on Popular Culture" by John Gregory & KET HERE.
Dr. Gray was recently selected as an MLK Scholar at MIT for the 2016-2017 school year. Follow the LINK for the full story!
Dr. Gray hosts a Fishbowl discussion on contemporary gaming culture with undergraduate students from Drama and Speech Communication, Stratford, and Women's Studies on the subject of gender, sexuality, and race in games and game cultures. The engaging conversation included the audience who provided additional commentary and insight.
Dr. Kishonna L Gray, Director of the Critical Gaming Lab and Assistant Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University spoke to the campus community at the University of South Carolina – Upstate as part of the ongoing campaign to market the new major in African-American Studies. Dr. Gray’s topic broadly covered “Race, Gender, and Toxicity in the Gaming Culture.”
The following quote reflects the overarching theme of her talk:
“By accepting a culture that diminishes the status of women [and people of color] as full members of the gaming community, this toxic environment has been able to fester and take shape and lead to the harassment and threats of violence against [marginalized groups] in our community.”
The lectured kicked off with an introduction from the Director of the African-American Studies program, Dr. Cassandra Jones discussing the program and upcoming events. The conversations continued afterwards with an intimate gathering of students, staff, and faculty of USC-Upstate discussing intersections of game studies with other cultural programs and movements. The event was sponsored by African American Studies, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Languages, Literature, and Composition at UNC - Upstate.
Later this month, Dr. Gray will discuss Blackness and Gaming Culture as the Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Waterloo. More information on that event can be found by clicking the link HERE.
Stay tuned for other events and news from the Critical Gaming Lab.
CGL Director recently attended the Annual Digital Ethic Symposium where she served as a featured speaker. She discussed the ethics of killing in video games exploring the use of karma scales.
The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy was founded through the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago in an effort to foster more dialogue, research, and guidelines regarding ethical behavior in online and digital environments.
The center publishes essays, develops sets of best practices and hosts an annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics. Essays from the first symposium have been published in a book: Digital Ethics; Research & Practice,
To preview Dr. Gray's talk, preview the video below.
Critical Gaming Lab Director, Dr. Kishonna L Gray, recently attended the Notoriously Toxic Project workshop at Georgia State University. The Notoriously Toxic Project gathers scholars and practitioners to explore online communication’s frequently hateful, toxic and harassing speech. This 10-person group, representing disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and media industries, will focus on toxicity in the text-based chat systems of online games.
As Dr. Gray states, “This meeting was the beginning of a great endeavor to curb online hate and harassment. As a gamer and as a feminist game scholar I have experienced my share of sexism, racism, and other forms of harassment. I am glad to be a part of a motivated group that wants to improve conditions of our most marginalized users in technology.”
The next step for the project is to create the White Paper to fulfill the parameters set forth by the NEH grant. To follow the progress of the research and scholarship associated with this NEH funded project, visit the website at http://toxicity.gsu.edu/ and follow the twitter hashtag at #NotoriouslyToxic.
The Critical Gaming Lab welcomes Dr. Victor Kappeler as the new Dean of the College of Justice & Safety. Dr. Kappeler has long supported lab research and initiatives, and we look forward to him visiting and getting his ‘game-on!’
Welcome Dr. Kappeler, and congratulations!