The Studio for Mediating Play integrates critical research and creative practices with intersectional feminist theory to address pressing social and material issues through engagements with and about play. The studio treats play both as a significant cultural phenomenon of study as well as grounding for critical research and practice, exploring how play is shaped by and can probe existing systems of power. The Studio for Mediating Play draws inspiration from art, performance, and other studio-based practices. From designing experimental games to examining fandom and reception practices, The Studio for Mediating Play investigates how play both mediates and is mediated by cultural and material forces.

The Studio for Mediating Play is co-directed by Dr. Josef Nguyen and Dr. Hong-An Wu, with support from the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas. While The Studio for Mediating Play is centrally housed at The University of Texas at Dallas, the studio welcomes active participation by external and remote collaborators regardless of location, institutional affiliation, or title.

For more information about The Studio for Mediating Play, to be added to our mailing list, or to join our Discord server, please contact Dr. Josef Nguyen at josef.nguyen@utdallas.edu and Dr. Hong-An Wu at hongan.wu@utdallas.edu.

Fall 2021 Meeting Schedule
Regular meetings for The Studio for Mediating Play are usually scheduled weekly on Wednesdays* from 12-1pm on the SMP Discord server during the Fall 2021 semester, beginning Wednesday, 15 September 2021 and ending Wednesday, 1 December 2021.