Usva Friman
University Teacher and Doctoral Candidate in Digital Culture

Doctoral Student, Cultural Production and Landscape Studies (School of History, Culture and Arts Studies)
University Teacher, Cultural Production and Landscape Studies (School of History, Culture and Arts Studies)
Doctoral Candidate, Cultural Production and Landscape Studies (School of History, Culture and Arts Studies)
Digital Culture
umifri@utu.fi







Areas of expertise
Game cultures; gamer identities; game cultural participation; game cultural capital; gender and games; women's gaming

Biography

I am a game culture researcher and currently working as a University Teacher and Doctoral Candidate in Digital Culture at the University of Turku, Finland. I am also part of the research teams of the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies (https://coe-gamecult.org) and the Pori Laboratory of Play (to be launched in 2019).

I am one of the founding members and a current board member of the Finnish Society for Game Research (Suomen Pelitutkimuksen Seura ry) and an editorial board member of the Finnish Yearbook of Game Studies (Pelitutkimuksen vuosikirja).

I have been awarded for the best master's thesis in game studies in Finland in 2014 by DiGRA Finland and Neogames, and for the teaching achievement of the year in 2015 by the University Consortium of Pori (together with University Lecturer Riikka Turtiainen).



Research

I study primarily digital games and gaming as a part of culture and society. I am currently working on my doctoral thesis on Finnish women gamers, examining gender in relation to gamer identity and game cultural participation. My other research interest concerns the intersections between game and sport cultures, including gameful and playful forms of exercise and esports.

Selected publications:

  • Turtiainen, Riikka – Friman, Usva & Ruotsalainen, Maria (2018). “Not Only for a Celebration of Competitive Overwatch, but also for National Pride”: Sportificating the Overwatch World Cup 2016. Games and Culture, OnlineFirst, DOI: 10.1177/1555412018795791.
  • Friman, Usva & Turtiainen, Riikka (2017). From Gamification to Funification of Exercise: Case Zombie Run Pori 2015. CEUR Workshop Proceedings from GamiFIN 2017 conference. Available: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1857/gamifin17_p8.pdf
  • Friman, Usva (2015). The Concept and Research of Gendered Game Culture. In DiGRA ’15 –
    Proceedings of the 2015 DiGRA International Conference
    . Available: www.digra.org/digital-library/publications/the-concept-and-research-of-gendered-game-culture


Teaching

I have been involved in teaching the subject of Digital Culture at the University of Turku since 2010, and have taught a variety of courses from basic, intermediate, and advanced level, in the forms of lecture courses, reading circles, project courses, and online courses. The courses I have taught have concerned the subject matters of Digital Culture, particularly game cultures, as well as different theoretical and methodological perspectives related to studying digital cultures in humanities.

I have been awarded for the teaching achievement of the year in 2015 by the University Consortium of Pori (together with University Lecturer Riikka Turtiainen) for the Digital Culture project studies course "Zombie run as gamification of city space" (Zombijuoksu kaupunkitilan pelillistäjänä).

Currently, I am in charge of planning, coordinating, and teaching the courses related to game culture, which is one of our three focal points in Digital Culture. I also teach the first basic level course in Digital Culture as well as other courses related to doing research in Digital Culture and humanities.

My teaching during the academic year 2018–2019:

  • Digital World (basic studies, 5 ECTS)
  • Doing Research in Digital Culture (intermediate studies, 5 ETCS)
  • Research Materials and Data Collection (intermediate studies, 3 ETCS)
  • Research Questions and Methods in Humanities (advanced studies, 5 ETCS)
  • Gender and Game Culture (advanced studies, 5 ETCS)

I am also the teacher assessing the exams and essays on the topics of gamer identity, gender and gaming, electronic sports, cultural construction, online cultures, and game studies methods.

As a part of my teaching duties, I am also supervising master's theses in Digital Culture, particularly theses related to game studies.



Publications

Kuka on pelaaja? Pelaajaidentiteetin monet puolet (2018) Pelikasvattajan käsikirja 2 Friman UsvaD2 Article in a professional research book

“Not Only for a Celebration of Competitive Overwatch but Also for National Pride”: Sportificating the Overwatch World Cup 2016 (2018)
Games and Culture
Riikka Turtiainen, Usva Friman, Maria Ruotsalainen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Pelitutkimuksen vuosikirja 2018 (2018) Koskimaa Raine, Arjoranta Jonne, Friman Usva, Mäyrä Frans, Sotamaa Olli, Suominen Jaakko
(
C2 Edited book)

“There Are No Women and They All Play Mercy”: Understanding and Explaining (the Lack of) Women’s Presence in Esports and Competitive Gaming (2018) DiGRA Nordic '18: Proceedings of 2018 International DiGRA Nordic Conference Ruotsalainen Maria, Friman Usva
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

From Gamification to Funification of Exercise: Case Zombie Run Pori 2015 (2017)
CEUR Workshop Proceedings
Proceedings of the 1st International GamiFIN Conference. Friman Usva, Turtiainen, Riikka
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

Pelitutkimuksen vuosikirja 2017 (2017) Koskimaa Raine, Arjoranta Jonne, Friman Usva, Mäyrä Frans, Sotamaa Olli, Suominen Jaakko
(
C2 Edited book)

Zombie Run Pori 2015 post-urheilullisena fyysisenä kulttuurina - suomalaisten juoksutapahtumien pelillistyminen ja leikillistyminen (2017)
Ennen ja Nyt : Historian Tietosanomat
Friman U, Rantala M, Turtiainen R
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Zombie Run Pori 2015 post-urheilullisena fyysisenä kulttuurina – suomalaisten juoksutapahtumien pelillistyminen ja leikillistyminen. (2017)
Ennen ja Nyt : Historian Tietosanomat
Friman Usva, Rantala Maria, Turtiainen Riikka
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Live-Pac-Mania kokemassa (2016)
Hiiskuttua: Turun yliopiston humanistisen tiedekunnan verkkolehti
Friman Usva, Koski Johannes, Suominen Jaakko
(
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Pelitutkimuksen vuosikirja 2016 (2016) Koskimaa Raine, Arjoranta Jonne, Friman Usva, Mäyrä Frans, Sotamaa Olli, Suominen Jaakko
(
C2 Edited book)

Tutkimassa japanilaista pelikulttuuria (2016)
UCPoriNews
Suominen Jaakko, Friman Usva, Koski Johannes
(
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article)

Pelitutkimuksen vuosikirja 2015 (2015) Koskimaa Raine, Suominen Jaakko, Mäyrä Frans, Harviainen J. Tuomas, Friman Usva, Arjoranta Jonne
(
C2 Edited book)

Sukupuolittuneen pelikulttuurin tutkimuksen lähtökohdat (2015)
Pelitutkimuksen Vuosikirja
Friman Usva
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The Concept and Research of Gendered Game Culture (2015) Friman Usva
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

Kuvista toimijoiksi – Digitaalisten pelien naishahmoesitykset ja niiden tutkimus (2013)
Pelitutkimuksen Vuosikirja
Friman UsvaB1 Journal article

Pelimaailmojen fantastiset naiset – Digitaalisten pelien hahmoesitykset ja niiden tutkimus (2013) Friman Usva
(
G2 Master’s thesis, polytechnic Master’s thesis)

Kokemuksen jaetut tilat: Näkökulmia yhteisöllisyyteen ja vuorovaikutukseen (2011)
Kulttuurituotannon Ja Maisemantutkimuksen Julkaisut
Kulttuurituotannon Ja Maisemantutkimuksen Julkaisut
Suominen Jaakko, Multisilta Jari, Viteli Jarmo, Friman Usva, Tawast Pinja, Stenfors Leila, Jurvela Harri, Perttula Arttu
(
C2 Edited book)


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