Souvik Mukherjee's research profile Indian version of ludo painted on a handkerchief (Chamba, Rajasthan)
Hi, I'm Souvik and I like reading games and playing books I have been researching videogames as an emerging storytelling medium since 2002 and have recently completed my PhD on the subject from Nottingham Trent University, UK . My research examines how videogames relate to canonical ideas of narrative and also how these games inform and challenge current conceptions of technicity, identity and culture , in general. You will find many of my publications online and I welcome your comments.
Currently, I work as Learning Technology Trainer in the Educational Development Unit of Nottingham Trent University and have recently been seconded to the ‘ Champions of Academic Enterprise ’ programme where I am designing a Masters’ level interdisciplinary course on videogames .
is to pursue postdoctoral research involving the analysis of paratexts of videogames such as walkthroughs and after-action reports .
Ultimately, I would like to link this up with my eLearning experience to form a more robust understanding and appreciation of game-based learning in academia. Ultimately, my aim is to introduce serious research on videogames in India , where I come from.
My current aim
In sum, my main research interests are: videogames as narratives how contemporary literary theory and film studies link with videogames critical analysis of videogame 'paratexts' such as walkthroughs and after-action reports Telos and time in videogame narratives videogames as objects of learning and teaching
Paper presented at the Ludotopia workshop in IT University, Copenhagen. Topic: Videogames and spatiality. [ slideshow ] Conference paper at the Digital Game Research Association (DIGRA) conference, Brunel University, London 2009. Topic: Telos , Time and Karma in Videogames. [ on my blog Ludus ex ] Conference paper at the ‘Afterlives of Sherlock Holmes’ conference, University of Hull. ‘ Under the Mask 2’ Conference in University of Bedfordshire. Co-presented paper on ‘Perceptions of Trauma, Morality and violence in Videogames’. [ download ] Co-organised and presented at PKD-Day 3, third annual conference in celebration of the life and works of Philip K. Dick hosted in Nottingham Trent University. [ slideshow ] Conference paper presented at the Otto Von Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany. Topic: Identity and Subject(s) in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R Games [ slideshow ] Guest lecture on videogames in South East Asia for postgraduate students in Nottingham Trent University. 'Egoshooting', conference paper on videogames and identity in the LINK Conference at NTU. ‘ I Am a Paddle, I Am a STALKER, I Am a Game ’: paper presented at the ‘Under the Mask’ conference at the University of Bedfordshire, Luton. [ read ]
‘ Gameplay in the Zone of Becoming ’: paper presented at the Games and Philosophy Conference in the University of Potsdam. [ download ] [ read the full conference proceedings ] Paper on endings in computer games at the Computer Games Conference, Brunel University, West London. ‘ Playing Games with Empathy’, presented at PKD-Day, Nottingham Trent University. Computer games and Through the Looking-Glass , presented at the Brown Bag Seminar, Nottingham Trent University. Research Practice Course presentation at Nottingham Trent University ‘ Poetic Programming to Computers in the Romantic Age’ at the Centre for Studies in Romantic Literature, Calcutta ‘ And Alice Played a Videogame ’, paper on videogames and narratives, UGC Research Seminar at Jadavpur University, Calcutta. [ read ] ‘ Prufrock and the Outsider ’, T.S. Eliot Conference at Jadavpur University, Calcutta. [ read ]
Besides my research and e-Learning job, I am interested in a wide range of things. I work as a part-time web-designer and coordinate the web activities of the academic journal Theory, Culture & Society. I have also fully designed the journal’s website. I have taught English Literature in universities and schools in the UK and India. In India, I worked in Tata Interactive Systems where I designed content and also in Exide Industries Ltd, where I worked in corporate communications I like writing and have worked in various English dailies in Calcutta as a freelance journalist. In my spare time, I like playing videogames, watching movies and reading I also write poetry and paint. You can read my full CV here or check out my LinkedIn profile .
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