Digital Humanities workshop series returns in virtual format

The Centre for Digital Humanities’ (CDH) workshop series has a new look for the Fall Term.

The annual series, which resumes Wednesday, Sept. 16, brings in top experts in the game and interactive media industry to share their experience and knowledge with Interactive Arts and Science and GAME students.

“The online format has allowed us to bring in some speakers we otherwise couldn’t,” says Tom Brown, Project Co-ordinator for the Centre for Digital Humanities. “Featuring diverse experiences is important to us and we’re very glad to be bringing in some new voices alongside some of our popular past workshops.”

With remote working becoming the norm, Erika Evans of Phantom Compass will be returning to talk with students about the pros and cons of running a distributed work team on Wednesday, Sept. 16. While a distributed or virtual office has the benefit of versatility and mobility, it can also be challenging, and Evans will share her tips for success.

David Nordquist, co-owner of MiniWarGaming Inc. will also be returning in October to share his expertise in filmmaking. His experience in acquiring funds, castings actors, building sets and running a successful Kickstarter campaign will be useful to any independent creative start-up enterprise.

In addition to a new panel on women in the game industry, one of the new workshops this year is on Muslim representation in games by Osama Dorias, Game Designer at Warner Brothers and co-founder of the Montreal Independent Games Festival. Dorias will share his research and life experience with students and discuss the importance of accurate, positive Muslim representation in games.

“These workshops allow our students to gain experience and knowledge from outside the University, potentially in areas we don’t cover in great detail,” says Brown. “It even allows our students to explore new interests in a risk-free environment. It is incredibly important to stay connected to our community and industry when it is so easy to stay in our own circle during this time.”

Workshops are open to Brock students from any program and will be held on Microsoft Teams. Students should register via ExperienceBU to receive the event link.

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