Schedule and Registration

British Digital Games Research Association Conference 2021 – Politics and Games
The conference has eight presentations based on full paper drafts. The event will take place over two sessions 21 (Wednesday) and 22 (Thursday) July 2021. Both sessions start 10am British time and wrap up at 12.30pm. Due to some unforeseen administrative and technical difficulties the sessions will take place in Microsoft Teams instead of Zoom/Discord. You can find the links to the Teams sessions below.


Each presentation slot consists of a 10-minute prerecorded presentation followed by a 20 minute discussion lead by the designated commentator. The paper drafts are available to the registered participants before and during the conference. Please send an email to if you wish to have access to the drafts. You can, however, join the presentation sessions without prior registration.


Schedule (UK time):
Wednesday 21 July (designated commentator Dr. Souvik Mukherjee)
10:00 – 10:15 Introduction presentation by Dr. Souvik Mukherjee
10:15 – 10:45 Cox, Daniel: The Fuel Rats — An Affective Mutual Aid Network Against Galactic Capitalism
10:45 – 11:15 Gallagher, Rob: Politicising the NPC: Gaming Culture and Reactionary Digital Politics
11:15 – 11:45 Johnson, Mark R.: Behind the Streams: The Off-Camera Labour of Game Live Streaming
11:45 – 12:15 Kaufman, Imogen: “– why do you need a game to make you give a s#@! -?”: Looking at Train and researcher positionality through a Jewish lens
12:15 – 12:30 Wrap-up discussion


Thursday 22 July (designated commentator Dr. Hanne Wagner)
10:00 – 10:15 Introduction presentation by Dr. Hanne Wagner
10:15 – 10:45 Cumming, David J.: The academic boundary-work behind esports’ contested status as sport
10:45 – 11:15 O’Brien, Wayne: Law, morality and ‘civilisation’ – the deconstruction of American national mythology in Red Dead Redemption II
11:15 – 11:45 Stewart, Damian: Masculinities and Videogames: Getting a Clear View
11:45 – 12:15 Xiao, Leon et al. : Gaming the system: suboptimal compliance with loot box probability disclosure regulations in China
12:15 – 12:30 Wrap-up discussion


The sessions will be recorded, and the recordings will be made available at the conference website.


The recording of Wednesday 21 July session is here.


The recording of Thursday 22 July session is here.


If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email