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Juan Escobar-Lamanna

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Juan Escobar-Lamanna is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

His dissertation focuses on analyzing videogame accessibility through a critical disability framework, considering industry preferred player identities (who games are made for) and how videogames and the conversations we have about games can be more inclusive and accessible. 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.

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.

Escobar-Lamanna, Juan. "'You've Got to Put in the Time': Neoliberal-Ableism and Disabled Streamers on Twitch." Societies 14, no. 6 (2024): 74, https://doi.org/10.3390/soc14060075.

Escobar-Lamanna, Juan. "Microsoft's ban on third-party controllers on the Xbox excludes some disabled gamers from using the device." The Conversation. Dec. 5, 2023. https://theconversation.com/microsofts-ban-on-third-party-controllers-on-the-xbox-excludes-some-disabled-gamers-from-using-the-device-217742.

Escobar-Lamanna, Juan and Adan Jerreat-Poole. "Critical Play and Crip Game Design." In Digital Methods for Disability Studies, edited by Esther Ignagni, Adan Jerreat-Poole, Hannaford Edwards, and Tali Cherniawsky. Toronto: Toronto Metropolitan University, 2022. https://pressbooks.library.torontomu.ca/digitaldisabilitystudies/.

Escobar-Lamanna, Juan and Adan Jerreat-Poole. "Interactive Fiction/Twine Workshop." In Digital Methods for Disability Studies, edited by Esther Ignagni, Adan Jerreat-Poole, Hannaford Edwards, and Tali Cherniawsky. Toronto: Toronto Metropolitan University, 2022. https://pressbooks.library.torontomu.ca/digitaldisabilitystudies/.

Papers Presented

"No Place for Easy-Mode?: The Sociological Accessibility of FromSoftware Games." Popular Culture Association National Conference. Chicago, IL. March 37-30, 2024.

"Playing Videogames Their Own Way: Disability, Industry, and Non-Normative Play(ers)." Faculty of Information and Media Studies Mediations Lecture Series, Western University, London, ON. Mar. 9, 2023.

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

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

Conference/Event Organization 

Organizer: "Conversation on Access." Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University, London, ON. Nov. 8, 2023.

Organizer & chair: "BLUE SKY BIG IDEAS SESSION: Institutional Support and Guidance for Multimodal Scholarship." 73rd International Communication Association Conference, Toronto. May 26, 2023.

Organizer: "Conversations on Access: Black Disability Activism." Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University, London, ON. Mar. 2, 2023.

Organizer & moderator: "Communicating Multi-Modally: Research and Expressive Culture" (ICA preconference event). 72nd International Communication Association Conference, Paris. May 26, 2022.

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