Irene Chien in “Cities and Bodies” series

IreneChienGlobal Urban Humanities’ “Cities and Bodies” series hosts Irene Chien, BCNM alumna, to speak on moving through South Asian cities both within video games and while playing and producing such experiences. She will talk about her field research exploring the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, which is the backdrop for some video games. Because of its low-cost technical labor pool, the city is also a production site for games set in other cities and played around the world.


Chien is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication at Muhlenberg College. She teaches and writes about the politics of race and gender in videogames, digital media, and film.


Cities and Bodies is an Global Urban Humanities interdisciplinary colloquium with Susan Moffat. An important goal of the colloquium is to provide a gathering place where people from different disciplines can learn about each other’s work on global cities. It examines methods of studying cities from different disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, architecture, city planning, journalism, literature, media studies, performance studies and urban design. In this wide-ranging colloquium, speakers from a variety of disciplines will offer perspectives on urban form and experience that are rooted in diverse and sometimes hybrid methodologies.


The colloquium is part of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, a joint project of the Arts & Humanities Division and the College of Environmental Design. The Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports interdisciplinary courses, symposia, exhibits and publications.



IMPORTANT: 494 Wurster is in the SOUTH Tower of Wurster Hall. If you are on the fourth floor in the North Tower you cannot walk across to the South Tower unless you go down to the third floor. When you enter Wurster Hall’s main (west) entrance, turn right and take the single elevators in the South Tower up to the fourth floor. If you take one of the double elevators you are in the North Tower.

Read more about the event and Global Urban Humanities here