RE: [xmca] online games as tools for sociability

From: Jay Lemke <jaylemke who-is-at>
Date: Fri Feb 01 2008 - 21:15:20 PST

In the US, there are groups working with Henry Jenkins at MIT, and Jim Gee's
former group still at U of Wisconsin (esp. Kurt Squire and Constance
Steinkuehler). Jim is now in Arizona.

In Europe, there is a group at Utrecht University (Joost Raessens) that has
some philosophical interests as well as general studies of games and
sociality (philosopher is Jos de Mul). Also IT University of Copenhagen

What kinds of data will you be using?


Jay L. Lemke
University of Michigan
610 East University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
fax 734-936-1606

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 5:23 PM
To: 'eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity'
Subject: RE: [xmca] online games as tools for sociability

Thanks a lot, Michaels (Cole and Evans)

and by "good places" I mean institutions.



-----Original Message-----
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Sent: quinta-feira, 31 de Janeiro de 2008 1:17
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Subject: Re: [xmca] online games as tools for sociability


If you haven't already seen this, MIT Press (in conjunction with the
MacArthur Foundation in the US) has just released a six-volume series that
might assist with your efforts:

I'm currently using "The Ecology of Games" in my course...

BTW, when you say you're searching for "good places to pursue this kind of
research" - were you referring to institutions, conferences, or something

Best of luck!

michael a. evans
assistant professor
306 war memorial hall (0313)
department of learning sciences & technologies
school of education
virginia tech  
phone: +1 540.231.3743
fax: +1 540.231.9075
> From: Luiz Carlos Baptista <>
> Reply-To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <>
> Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 23:20:05 +0000
> To: "'eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity'" <>
> Subject: [xmca] online games as tools for sociability
> Hi all,
> I've been missing for quite a while, lost in the jungle of Philosophy of
> Language. But now I want to embark on a new research project. I am about
> start studying online games, which I see as tools for sociability (in
> Simmel's sense). As some of you may know, there is a growing literature on
> ethnographical and sociological accounts of this phenomenon, and I intend
> draw on this work in order to pursue a philosophically oriented research,
> dealing also with issues such as make-believe, joint pretense, distributed
> cognition and the intermingling of "real" and "fictional" objects and
> characters.
> I am just finishing collecting the relevant material and hope to start
> working on it in the next few weeks. I would appreciate any suggestions
> might make, as well as info about good places to pursue this kind of
> research (since I am interested in working abroad).
> Best regards,
> Luiz Carlos Baptista
> **********
> "The brain is a wonderful thing. Everybody should have one."
> Luiz Carlos Baptista
> Instituto de Filosofia da Linguagem
> Universidade Nova de Lisboa
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