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New Projects Seminar #9 1st June Join on Zoom

1 June 2021

New Projects Seminar Series at the GSSR

The GSSR announces the ninth in our new series of seminars addressed both to doctoral students and academic staff. The seminars aim to bring together students and established researchers working in the same field, thus promoting closer interaction and future collaboration between them.

During the seminars doctoral students present for discussion well-advanced research projects, with experienced scholars from various academic centres in Poland and abroad invited to take the role of commentators.

The seminars take place on the Zoom platform and are open to all.

This seminar is scheduled for June 1st  at 13:00 Warsaw time (CET, GMT+1) with Oleg Dietkow presenting the topic, “The Internalization of Game Logic, and Lina Eklund (Uppsala University) and Halley Pontes (Birkbeck, University of London) as commentators.


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13.00 Introduction by Edit Zgut (chair)

13.05 A few words from Józef Niżnik (supervisor)

13.10 Seminar presentation: The Internalization of Game Logic

13.40 Comments from Lina Eklund

13.55 Comments from Halley Pontes

14.10 Discussion

14:45 Closing remarks

Next seminars:

October 2021 : Marzia Sultana : Reproductive health considerations in occupational safety: missing links of Polish/European Union framework for corporate social responsibility as policy solution for women garment workers in Bangladesh

Oleg Dietkow

The Internalization of Game Logic


The goal of this chapter is to demonstrate the influence of gaming culture on the players and wider society. These players create their culture and interact virtually – in their own communal and international groups that are separated yet influenced and shaped by the real-world culture. With events such as Gamergate (Nagle, 2017) demonstrating a connection between online gaming and political movements, it has become more important than ever to study what, how and why people gather in online gaming spaces. What was once considered a hobby has become a lifestyle and a counterculture shaped by digital logic.

The main reason that has led to the growth of gaming and the establishment of a virtual community into a culture is the growth of loneliness and social isolation in Western society. Staying at home for long periods of time – something once alienating – has now evolved into a lifestyle where one is able to interact with the whole world and socialise with others. Games in this social landscape became akin to local community centres, places of social gatherings where bored and lonely people could meet others and play together.

The key argument I support is that gaming has an internalised way of viewing and interacting with the world – gamification and gamefulness. Gamification is seen as a technology of power, a way of encouraging people to spend money, invest effort in work and engage with others on terms that suit those in power (in the game or in real life). With an understanding of gamification and its proposed counterpart, gamefulness, it is possible to comprehend how gaming movements think and act. I hypothesise that these two modes of engaging with a game are a strong determinant of why someone will become involved with videogames. For gamification, the main reasons become prestige, gratification and, to some extent, domination of others, while gameful players will focus on connections with others, new experiences and the gemneral idea of fun. The division between gratification and fun stems from the difference in design and the internalisation of said design by the player. Gamification encourages gratification, while gamefulness encourages fun.  With the use of gamification, I will explain how certain behaviours, such as trolling, are actually gameful entertainment, with other people being treated as mere NPCs (non-player characters in video games). The focus will be primarily on English speaking websites and content – with an emphasis on 4chan, Reddit, Twitch, YouTube and Discord.


Previous seminars:

Seminar May 31st

Justyna Minkiewicz, commentators Anna Nacher (Jagiellonian University) and Iwo Zmyślony (University of Warsaw)  “Technology in Art and Art in Technology – Its Impact on Digital Society, and Anna Nacher (Jagiellonian University) and Iwo Zmyślony (University of Warsaw).


Seminar May 25th

Steve Davies, commentators Prof. Katarzyna Andrejuk (IFiS PAN) and Dr. Bolaji Balogun (University of Sheffield) -Anchoring in the Angloscape? Exploring the shifting sands of privilege for British citizens living long-term in Poland


Seminar May 5th

Katarzyna Król, commentator, Daniel Navon ( UC San Diego) –Making sense of biomedical knowledge: mothers and rare inborn errors of metabolism  


Seminar April 20th

Mümtaz Murat Kök, commentators Adam Nocek (Arizona State University) and Adam Lipszyc (IFiS PAN) –Eugene Thacker’s Cosmic Pessimism


Seminar  March 30th 2021

Edit Zgut, commentators András Bozóki (CEU) and Daniel Kelemen (Rutgers)– Informal power in authoritarian hybrid regimes – a theoretical framework


Seminar  March 16th 2021

Gabriel Klimont, commentators: Marta Bucholc (Warsaw University) Aleksandra Derra (Nicolaus Copernicus University In Toruń)

The Origins of Biopolitics in Poland?Transformations of Power over Vagabonds in 18th Century Warsaw


Seminar 2 March 3rd 2021

Philip Højme, commentator Marcel Stoetzler (Bangor University, UK) Reading Butler as a Dialectical Thinker: Juxtaposing Butler with Adorno.


Seminar 1 February 17th 2021

Helen Grela, commentator: Randall Auxier (Southern Illinois University)

The Lockean and Smithian Roots of Entitlement Theory: Labor, Money, and the Transition to the Free Market system



The New Projects Seminar is funded by Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju, the project “Humanities and Social Sciences for Society and Enterprise” (POWR.03.02.00-IP.08-I019/17). The project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Social Fund under the Operational Program Knowledge Education Development 2014 – 2020.


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