Dr Paul Martin

Associate Professor in Digital Media & Communications

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Research Interests

Meaning, interpretation and digital games; phenomenology and digital games; Chinese computer game discourse; Chinese esports; citation patterns in game scholarship

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I conduct research on computer games and computer game culture, focusing on three main areas: games and meaning; game cultures; and game studies as an academic field. In the first area I’ve published work on games as texts and the phenomenology of digital gameplay, and I have a particular interest in the relationship between embodiment and meaning. My work in game culture focuses on Chinese esports, and I am currently part of a project on the structure and meanings of esports at Chinese universities. Lastly, I investigate game studies itself as a scholarly project. In this area, I’ve published work on bibliometrics, game citation patterns and the regional turn in game studies.  

I am a founder member of the Chinese Digital Games Research Association (CDiGRA) and currently serve as its president. 


External positions

President, Chinese DiGRA

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