Juan Escobar-Lamanna is a Media Studies Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. 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.
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 Twitch.tv, and the voluntary digital labour undertaken by modders and other videogame-focused communities in relation to exploitable labour.
2021, Recuperating Joy: Symbiotic Connections, Optimisms, and Unproblematic Faves, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON (virtual). Paper: “Poké Balls and Produsers: Free Labour and Twitch Plays Pokémon."
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2021-2022)