Games and Gaming

The Lab promotes cross-disciplinary Arts Research into Games and Gaming, from Tabletop to Electronic media, from Children to Adults, and across time periods from Ancient to Modern, Fantasy, and Futuristic. 





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Forthcoming Events

Space in Gaming

Tuesday 19 November 2019, 15:30 – 18:30

Wolfson Medical School Building, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ [map]


On Apollo 12's 50th anniversary, hear insights of Astrogamers and BAFTA-winning games developers, and see stalls showcase gaming research.

On the anniversary of Apollo 12's landing on the Moon, join us for "Space in Gaming", hearing talks from:

  • Scott Manley - Glasgow Alumni in San Francisco, Programmer and Astrogamer, whose Youtube channel of nearly 1 million followers broadcasts insightful videos combining space, science and gaming.
  • NoCode - Glasgow-based Games Developers, whose BAFTA-award winning space game Observation has been praised by reviewers as "making you think about humanity's place in the cosmos and, perhaps, the deeper mysteries of universe".

The event is also a "space" in gaming, with Flash talks and stalls celebrating gaming research by scholars from across the University, ranging from the Legally Wed board game about marriage law, to a live demonstration of WW2 and Jacobite Wargaming with miniatures.

Hosted by Glasgow University's Games and Gaming Lab (GGLab)

#GGatUofG @UofGGamesLab

3.30-4.00 - Browse the stalls (Atrium)

4.00-5.00 - Talks by Scott Manley and NoCode (Yudowitz Room - free but ticketed)

5.00-5.15 - Tea/Coffee (Atrium)

5.15-6.00 - Flash talks about gaming research across the University (Atrium)

6.00-6.30/7.00 - Browse the stalls/networking (Atrium)

The stalls include contributions from Research Projects, Scholars, Labs and Networks, with Flash talks on:

  • Legally Wed (Prof Jane Mair, Dr Frankie McCarthy and Felicity Belton)
  • Wargaming (Prof Tony Pollard)
  • Engineering and Gaming (Prof George Barakos and Dr Rene Steijl)
  • Archives and Special Collections (Robert MacLean)
  • Immersive Experiences Lab (Dr Rachel Opitz)
  • Digital Cultural Heritage Network (Dr Gareth Beale)
  • Im/Material Network (Dr Rachel Opitz and Dr Gareth Beale)
  • Digital Creativity for Regional Museums (Dr Heather Christie and Dr Gareth Beale)

Past Events

Event by the "Games and Gaming Beyond Entertainment" theme

When: Thursday 9 May 2019

Where: Kelvin Hall

Description: This event will include four talks by invited speakers, a "lightning talks" session for UofG staff and postgraduate presenters, and curated games running in the foyer.

Register on Eventbrite here

Hashtag: #GGatUofG


Event by the "Fantasy" theme

When: Friday 10 May 2019

Where: Kelvin Hall

Description: The Symposium brings together researchers, practitioners, and creative industry professionals to discuss theoretical and practical questions raised by using fantasy as a discourse and subject. This is the first step towards establishing a Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow.

The symposium will open with a showcase event, in which colleagues will give brief presentations on their engagement with fantasy/the fantastic. The afternoon session will address questions such as:

  • How can we define fantasy and what and how it means?
  • How can we work together to serve the fantasy scholarly and creative community in Glasgow and beyond?
  • How can a Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic facilitate research and collaboration?


Blog - Symposium on Fantasy and the Fantastic 2019