Welcome to the site for “Gaming Moms”, a three-year research project partially funded by the Swedish Research Council. The project investigates gaming practices in the everyday life of families where the mother is a gamer. If you wish to participate – our online questionnaire is still open – but you need to be able to understand Swedish. Klicka här för att komma till enkäten !

Contact Jessica Enevold and Charlotte Hagström

Välkommen till sajten “Gaming Moms”, ett treårigt forskningsprojekt finansierat av Vetenskapsrådet. I projektet undersöker vi spelande och vardagsliv i familjer där mamman är spelare. Vill du delta, så är vår nätenkät fortfarande öppen. Klicka här för att komma till enkäten!

Kontakta: Jessica Enevold and Charlotte Hagström

And here is a third missing post:

Last summer July 2-6 we went to the Crossroads 2012 conference in Paris where we presented a paper titled  What’s the use of gaming? Mothers, computer games and everyday life. It was a huge conference with lots of parallel sessions and papers, from early morning to late evening. As at all conferences there were some really interesting things and some not so interesting.


The opening was held at the UNESCO campus and Sarah Ahmed gave the first keynote. The sessions were then held at the Censier Campus, within walking distance from our hotel, which was next to Le Jardin du Luxembourg. Since it was really hot a walk in the park was a relief. The last plenary  of the first day was held in La Sorbonne followed by a reception. We got to see the Le Grand Amphitéathre which was indeed impressive.



It turned out our friends Hanna Wirman and Olli Tapio Leino were also at the conference. They’re usually in Hongkong so it was great meeting them.


IMAG2101Another missing post is this:

I november 2012 medverkade vi med en swisch om vårt projekt på en informationsdag riktad till gymnasister. En swisch är en raketsnabb föreläsning med 20 bilder som visas i 20 sekunder vardera. Det går undan som bara den men är väldigt kul att göra! Kanske tycker du att du känner igen det här men under ett annat namn och det stämmer. Det har ett japanskt namn också men det visade sig att det fick man inte använda hur som helst. När planerna för att ha med snabb-snabba föreläsningar på dessa informationsdagar tog form bestämdes det därför att utformningen och namnet inte skulle var exakt detsamma. Swisch heter det alltså nu i Lund. “Gaming moms” hette vår swisch.

We suddenly realised some posts are missing. One is this:

Den 18-21 juni 2012 hölls den 32:a nordiska etnolog- och folkloristkongressen i Bergen, Norge. Konferensens övergripande tema var ”Dynamics of Cultural Differences” och jag deltog i sessionen Kvinnor gör rum där jag presenterade ett paper med titeln ”Rum för spel. Att få, ta och skapa utrymme”. Det är nu publicerat under samma titel i tidskriften Nätverket.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Lecture by Dr. Hilde G. Corneliussen, associate professor in Digital Culture, University of Bergen, Norway.  In her lecture she will explore the question of stability and change in gender-technology relations in a historical perspective.  Among the examples you will meet cultural discourses warning women against being “sent back to the kitchen sink” unless they develop an interest for computers; recruitment initiatives inviting women to computer science because they are good at communicating with people; female computer experts presented as not-(masculine)-nerds; and computer competent women using femininity to surprise their environments.

  • Date: Tuesday November 27
  • Time: 15.15-16.45 followed by film and discussion 17.00-18.00
  • Place: Room 201, Kulturanatomen, Biskopsgatan 7, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

More info at the HEX site. Welcome!

Friending the Prime Minister – The Culture and Use of Political Interaction on Social Media


WITH: Lisbeth Klastrup who works as Associate Professor at the IT-University of Copenhagen, where she is affiliated with the Digital Culture and Communication and Media Research Groups.  She has studied the culture and use of online worlds and social media format since 1999, and is currently working on a book on social network media.

LECTURE: What happens when people start friending their prime minister and politicians wash all their dirty laundry in front of a curious social media audience? In recent years, politicians and political parties have started to use social media extensively as part of their political campaigning in relation to local and national elections for parliament.  What does “political life” in social media look like currently and historically, and how do users in fact engage with politics and politicians? Is there such a thing as a “political culture” in the social media sphere and if so, what does it look like? This lecture will discuss these questions and more, primarily based on the study of use of social media in Danish election campaigns from 2005 to 2011.

LAB: In the lab, we will follow up on the lecture, first by short group work where you discuss your own use of social media in a political context, and then followed by joint discussion and commentary.

WHEN? 4 October, 13.15–16.00 13.15-14.45 Lecture + Q & A ** short break ** 15.00-16.00 Exercises in the computer lab

WHERE? Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund. Room 201, 1st floor, in Kulturanatomen at Biskopsgatan 7.

HOW: Drop in. It is not mandatory to announce your participation ahead of time, but it is much appreciated! Please email: jessica.enevold@kultur.lu.se


Just a quick note on past events. June 6-8, the second Nordic Digra Conference was held in Tampere, Finland. Right after Nick Montfort gave his keynote, I presented my article “Domesticating Play, Designing Everyday Life” as the first presenter in our panel, which was a very interesting one overall. I also got to  enjoy both the presence  and presentations of many of my  great colleagues/friends from all over Europe AND delicious carrot-beetroot cake served during the coffee break! All papers are accessible from the Proceedings, published in the Digra Digital Library.

Unfortunately I had to hurry home to the MACA graduation, (which NB was a great event!) and had to miss most of the second day. But Nordic Digra 2012 was a great event the organizers can be proud of and it is always great to listen and mingle with  game studies people who tend to come from all kinds of disciplinary corners. An anthropologist, Minna Ruckenstein,  even got to give one of the keynotes – on  gambling. For those of you with Facebook, some additional info and pics can be found here. Linderoth has also written, in Swedish though, about the conference and a few of the papers on his blog Spelvetenskapliga betraktelser.

And here I thought Game Studies was NOT male-dominated🙂. In any case: a glimpse of the game scholars attentively listening to Annika’s talk.

Annika Waeern and Raine Koskimaa

Annika Waern “framing games” in a full room of critical game scholars! Program Chair Raine Koskimaa listening to the left.












Next on this site, we should hear from Lotta’s attendance and presentation at the 32nd Nordic Ethnology and Folklorist conference in Bergen, Norway, where she gets to hang out with all our great ethnology-colleagues. Yes, I wish I were there!  But, then we are soon both off to Paris to present at the huge conference Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2012 – which btw must have the most boring website ever… they rely totally on the attraction of Pareeeeh. Aah, but soo do we.  Alors, brioche et vin, la semaine prochaine !! See you there perhaps!