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MemberCody Mejeur

Cody Mejeur is Visiting Assistant Professor of Game Studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. They are a game scholar, developer, player, and activist whose work focuses on trans, queer, and feminist studies and social justice in video games and new media. They received their PhD in English from Michigan State University with specializations in game studies, digital humanities, and college teaching. Their work uses games to theorize narrative as an embodied and playful process that constructs how we understand ourselves, our realities, and our differences. They have published on games pedagogy, gender and queerness in games, and the narrative construction of reality in journals including Feminist Media Studies and Digital Humanities Quarterly and edited collections such as Beyond the Sea: Navigating Bioshock and The Pokémon Go Phenomenon. Their current projects include their first monograph, Queer Narrative, Queer Play: Player Experiences and Ludic Realities in Video Games, which focuses focuses on how narrative operates in games to structure inward experiences and outward realities, and further argues that storytelling can build more inclusive and socially just realities through play. They are also the project lead on Trans Folks Walking, a 3D walking simulator game that is an anthology of trans experiences developed in collaboration with local media and LGBTQ resource centers. They work with the LGBTQ Video Game Archive on preserving and visualizing LGBTQ representation in video games. They are also editor at One Shot: A Journal of Critical Games & Play and serve as Diversity Officer for the Digital Games Research Association.

MemberCharlotte Pressler

Professor Emerita: English / Philosophy Director of Honors Program at South Florida State College, Avon Park FL. Retired July 31, 2020 Project Director: NEH Grant “A Sense of Home” An organizer of the “Teaching Philosophy” symposium held annually at the Florida Philosophical Association conference. Chair of the City of Sebring Historic Preservation Commission.

MemberCarmen Patricia Tovar

Research 20th-21st Century Latin American Narrative, Modern and Contemporary Mexican NovelInterests Mexican modernity; representations of urban space in the Latin American novel; the novel as social mapping; formation and preservation of collective memory after traumatic historical moments (i.e. Tlatelolco in Mexico and Southern Cone dictatorships); cognitive approaches to individual and shared memory; (dys)functions of memorials and museums; narratives on class, gender, and migration; religious syncretism; poetry (as performance).