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Biography

Gaspard joined the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries in January 2022.

He has lived in France, Belgium and the United Kingdom. He first obtained his BA in English Studies at the University of the Sorbonne-Nouvelle (Paris III). He then completed his Masters in English Literature at the University of Cambridge in 2012 and MA in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex in 2013. While working as a Doctoral Tutor and a Research Associate at Sussex, he received his doctorate in Media and Cultural Studies in 2018. He worked as a Lecturer in Media at Leeds Beckett University from 2019 to 2022.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Queer Game Studies
  • Digital exploration
  • Queer détournement
  • Ludic pedagogy
  • Critical game mechanics

Gaspard’s primary research interests are located at the intersection of queer and game studies. His work mainly draws upon cultural studies, game, gender, and queer theory. Gaspard approaches games as a polysemous medium and a critical platform for societal reflections. He is particularly interested in alternative and ‘deviant’ gaming experiences and practices, and has published in Game Studies, Continuum, and Convergence, in which he is also part of the editorial board.

Selected publications

Teaching

Gaspard enjoys experimenting different ways of teaching, particularly when it involves gaming.