Announcing the Transformative Play Initiative

We are delighted to announce an exciting new development at the Department of Game Design at Uppsala University Campus Gotland! The Transformative Play Initiative will create events, archives, research, and graduate programmes with an emphasis on analog role-playing games. We are specifically interested in games designed and implemented by people in helping professions who wish to use play as a vehicle for personal and social transformation.

Each month we will host 1-2 lectures, roundtables, or town hall meetings. These events take place on Tuesday evenings live on Zoom in webinar format. Lectures are one hour long on a variety of cutting edge topics from researchers and practitioners, with thirty minutes for questions at the end. Roundtables gather the lecturers together for a structured conversation. We also have Town Hall meetings as a more public discussion space, where community members can request slots for 5-10 minute lightning talks on related topics, followed by short breakout rooms for discussion.

Everything is archived on YouTube to encourage sharing and open access. Although the series focuses on analog role-playing games, the topics are broad enough to be useful to students focusing on digital games and other forms of play as well.

This fall, we have the following events planned:

We are finalizing the Spring event schedule and are looking forward to see you all at future events!

Game Devs of Color Expo, 23-27th

Coming to your screen September 23–27, 2021, the 6th annual Game Devs of Color Expo is dedicated to amplifying the creative power held by people of color in games
Kayode Ceiriog Shonibare-Lewis (he/him)

Our own Kayode “K” Shonibare-Lewis is giving a talk on the 25th, titled “Racial Bias, Reverse Heredity and the Parents of Custom Avatars”

Tickets to participate in the whole conference, September 23-27, 2021, are available here.

Students from the Department of Game Design can apply for partial funding, which is paid retroactively. Contact for the application.

Open lecture: Game design, Witches and Transformation

  • Date: 16 November, 12:00–12:30
  • Location: Zoom
Professor Doris Rusch at the Department of Game Design, Uppsala University

Playfulness is the key transformation. Games are the key to the embodied experience of alternative ways of acting & being. How can we harness the alchemy of play for the transformation of Self and others? Prof. Rusch discusses lessons learnt from her Deep Game Design work & the creation of The Witch’s Way a game that sources imagery ritual and symbolism for personal empowerment and inner integrity

Klick here to come directly to the zoom-meeting

UppTalk Weekly is a popular science seminar series via Zoom where you get to enjoy interesting conversations and interdisciplinary panel discussions with researchers from Uppsala University every Tuesday at lunch. The conversations revolve around socially relevant topics and where you as an audience have the opportunity to ask questions to our researchers. UppTalk Weekly is a part of the Faculty for Science and Technology’s online continuing education initiative for alumni and society.

Read more about UppTalk Weekly here

Welcome activities at Campus Gotland autumn 2021

Photo of the city wall of Visby

Reception is fully open from 23 August
Staff from Student services and Helpdesk at hand at certain hours – to be announced week 33.

24-26 August
Online Information sessions on a number of themes. For international students

25-26 August 
Shuttle service from Visby airport and Visby ferry terminal (registration required).

27 August 14:30
Digital Welcome Ceremony (more information will come later).

3 September
Train tour around Visby´s inner city during lunch hours.

3 and 5 September
Gotland history lecture with Mikael Norrby in room B51.

4-5 September
Guided walking tour around medieval Visby with the university guide Mikael Norrby (small groups; several occasions to choose from; registration required).

All details at