Join us in welcoming internationally renowned Erik Champion to UC Berkeley campus February 10-14, 2014 for a series of workshops and talks on critical gaming in cultural heritage, archaeology, and digital humanities. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hear from Erik Champion! Remember to also check out our 'Events' page for a curated list of digital humanities events at UC Berkeley.

(Note the times and locations for each event)

“What is Virtual Heritage?”

Monday February 10, 2014 4:00PM-6:00PM Kroeber Hall, Glifford Room

Erik Champion will discuss the scope and nature of virtual heritage, its role in the preservation, communication and dissemination of beliefs, rituals, and other cultural behaviors and activities, and how computer games enable cultural transmission.

“Informal Workshop with Dr. Erik Champion: Games—serious or otherwise—for and about archaeology and cultural heritage”

Tuesday February 11, 2014, 10:30AM-12:30PM 2224 Piedmont Avenue, MACTiA Lab, Room 12 

Feel free to drop in to this workshop and brainstorming session where archaeologists with Erik Champion will work through some ideas for the design of computer games related specifically to archaeology and cultural heritage.

“Heritage Via Games and Game Mods”

Wednesday February 12, 2014, 12PM-1PM, Archaeological Research Facility, 2251 College Building, Room 101 (Map and Directions)

This talk will address classroom experiences gleaned from teaching game design, and the lessons students and scholars alike can learn from the process of designing and watching people play games. This talk will touch on and move past projects mentioned in the following and free to download book: Champion, Erik (Ed.). (2012). Game Mods: Design, Theory and Criticism. Pittsburgh: ETC Press. 


“Immersive Digital Humanities: When the Motion Tracker is Mightier than the Pen”

Thursday February 13, 2014 12PM, Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Institute, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey (Map and Directions)(Note: this talk is open to the public but is located on a Navy base and thus attendees must RSVP to prior to the event)

How are scholars using surround displays, stereographics, gaming technologies and new peripherals to disseminate new ways of viewing, interacting with, and understanding humanities content, and in particular, cultural heritage?



Champion is professor of Cultural Visualization in the School of Midea Culture and Creative Arts in the Humanities faculty of Curtin University in Perth, Australia. His book Playing with the Past (2011, Springer-Verlag) and countless articles examines virtual environments, interactive narratives, and game-style interactions. For more information on his research, current digital humanities projects, and full description of his talks, see his website.