The Play Research Group

The Play Research Group (PRG) is a forum for the development of research into the cultural significance of play and games. A number of the group are actively engaged in theorising computer and videogames, whilst others are concerned with other forms of playful media and culture from children’s media culture and toys to play and urban cultures.

PRG members are made up of both staff and research students from UWE Bristol, but also includes a number of external members and collaborators from the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Members of this group speak at a wide variety of public conferences, seminars and symposia as well as organising local events that over the past seven years have established the Play Research Group as a key node in an international network of researchers of play and games.

In 2001 members of the group co-organised the Game Cultures conference at the Watershed, and have followed this event with a series of international symposia - Power Up in 2003, Playful Subjects in 2005, PSii on Games and Technology in 2006 and most recently (November 2007) as part of a collaborative research project involving staff and students at UWE as well as an international network of researchers they have hosted a one day event based around the Nintendo Wii .

These events are also supported by a programme of visiting scholars and guest PhD students as well as smaller focussed research seminars led by experts in the field. The Play Research Group has a blog that maintains current information on both internal and external events relevant to our research as well as providing a forum for the discussion of ongoing projects and ideas.

Students on our MA module Game Culture contribute to a blog.

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