When: Thursday, February 23rd 16:30-19:00
Where: The National Film School of Denmark, Theodor Christensens Plads 1, 1437, Copenhagen K
Join us for SpilBar 33 with media critic Anita Sarkeesian. Anita Sarkeesian is behind Feminist Frequency - an education non-profit organization advocating for an inclusive and representative media landscape. She is most known for her Tropes vs. Women online talks from 2013 looking at the poor representation of female characters in games. At SpilBar Anita will talk about the current state of the games industry.
16:35: Anita Sarkeesian: Diversity Is Not a Checklist: Taking Game Representations to the Next Level
The talk will be followed by Q&A hosted by Jesper Krogh Kristiansen.
17:35-19:00: Beer and mingling
Diversity Is Not a Checklist: Taking Game Representations to the Next Level
Only a few years ago, white men were the undisputed rulers of the video game realm. Female characters were often plot devices rather than actual characters. While there has been some progress in the industry, the effects and reach of that progress should not be overstated. At times it can feel like a case of 'one step forward, two steps back.' In this talk, Anita Sarkeesian will explore some of the recent growth and evolution in the field, while discussing ways in which video games and video game culture resist change.
About Anita Sarkeesian
Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces.
She has been a panelist at the United Nations and been a guest speaker at various fan, media and technology conferences including XOXO, The Media Evolution Conference, Women in the World and GeekGirlCon. Anita has been interviewed and featured in publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Colbert Report.
Anita was named one of TIME's 100 most influential people in the world in 2015 and was the recipient of the 2014 Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award. In 2016 Anita was awarded an honorary PhD from The New School in New York City.
SpilBar is a bimonthly event, where everyone in or close to the computer games industry can meet and mingle. The meetings always start with a talk and end with a drink.
SpilBar is initiated by Kristine Ploug from DADIU, and Thomas Vigild, Headmaster at Game Development at Vallekilde Folk High School. SpilBar is organized in collaboration with Spilordningen and Interactive Denmark.