My name is Sabine Harrer, and I am a games scholar, writer, and experimental game maker. I currently work as a faculty member of the Centre of Excellence in game culture studies at Tampere University, Finland.
In the past, I have worked as a lecturer in cultural studies and media/visual literacy at the university of Vienna, the IT University Copenhagen, and BTK Berlin.
In my artistic and teaching praxis, as well as in my writing, I use videogames as a thing to reframe, challenge, and queer norms around desire and intimacy. For my PhD, I led the development of Overcoming, a game that has helped me review 20th century grief literature, and Jocoi which explores loss and attachment to dead babies. I’ve been co-designing games about what it’s like being a lapsed catholic, and how rocks, touch screens, and computer mice can participate in players’ erotic rituals.
I have presented on these topics internationally, at events like GDC San Francisco, Gotland Game Conference Visby, A.Maze Berlin, and DiGRA Game Studies Conference.