FIMS Profile

Juan Escobar-Lamanna

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Juan Carlos Escobar-Lamanna is a second-year Media Studies Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

His primary research interests focus on videogames and non-normative gameplay – that is, playing games in ways unintended by game developers (including glitch hunting and speed-running games) - and its intersection with critical disability studies. His other research interests include: communities created around videogames, live-streaming on, and the voluntary digital labour undertaken by modders and other videogame-focused communities in relation to exploitable labour.

He received his M.A. in Contemporary Art Histories: New Media from OCAD University and has a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies from York University.


Published Pressbook chapters: "Critical Play and Crip Game Design" and "Interactive Fiction/Twine Workshop", in Digital Methods for Disability Studies, Toronto Metropolitan University, eCampusOntario Open Library, 2022.

Conference Activity:

International conference co-organizer & moderator: Communicating Multi-Modally: Research and Expressive Culture (ICA preconference), International Communication Association, Paris, May 26, 2022.

National conference presentation: Popular Culture Association 2022 National Conference, Seattle, WA (virtual), Apr.13-16, 2022. Paper: "Demons, Doom Slayers, and Twitter: Tweet2Doom as Critical Play on an Advertising Platform."

Institutional conference presentation: Recuperating Joy: Symbiotic Connections, Optimisms, and Unproblematic Faves, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON (virtual), May 8-9, 2021. Paper: “Poké Balls and Produsers: Free Labour and Twitch Plays Pokémon."

Institutional conference co-organizer & moderator: "Networks of Experience: Art and (Dis)embodiment", OCAD University, Toronto, ON, Mar. 15-16, 2019.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Western University, 2022-2023, $15,000.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Western University, 2021-2022, $15,000.

Dean's Entrance Scholarship, Western University, 2020, $5,000.

Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories Program Award: Honorable Mention, OCAD University, 2019, $500.

OCAD University President's Scholarship (CADN), OCAD University, 2017-2019, $18,750.