Conference information


The International conference ‘Beyond Play: The Transformative Power of Digital Gaming in a Deeply Mediatized Society’ will take place from September 30th to October 2nd 2024 at the University of Bremen, Germany. The conference is hosted by the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (Zentrum für Medien-, Kommunikations- und Informationsforschung; ZeMKI)






Conference venue

University of Bremen

Founded in 1979, the University of Bremen is a medium-sized German university with around 20,000 students and offers over 100 Master’s and Bachelor’s degree programs as well as the state examination in law. Between 2012 and 2019, Bremen was one of eleven universities to receive funding as a University of Excellence under the “Ambitious and agile” institutional strategy. The university has long cooperated closely and trustingly with the non-university research institutes at the location – 11 of which are jointly funded by the federal and state governments – and has been part of the U Bremen Research Alliance since 2016. More than 50 cooperation professorships testify to the close proximity.

The University of Bremen is a university of short distances: teaching buildings, research facilities and stores are located in close proximity to each other on campus. The green campus university is nestled in the heart of the technology park in Bremen-Horn.


University Bremen
Bibliothekstraße 1
28359 Bremen

Public transportation
The University of Bremen campus is connected to the public transportation network via the stop Universität/Zentralbereich. The stop is served by the BSAG streetcar line 6, which also serves the main railway station and the airport.

The journey time from the main station is 20 minutes and from the airport 36 minutes.


About the host institute

Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research

Zentrum für Medien-, Kommunikations- und Informationsforschung (ZeMKI)

The Center for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) is one of nine central scientific institutions at the University of Bremen and is one of the most important European institutions for researching questions of media and communication change at the interface of cultural and social sciences on the one hand and technical sciences on the other. A special focus of research is the emerging digital society with regard to existing inequalities, both in terms of historical questions of its genesis and current challenges posed by algorithms, automation and data.

The research profile of the ZeMKI is clearly in line with the mission statement of the University of Bremen: It is international in its research subject and its positioning and is oriented towards questions of cultural diversity. The ZeMKI is interdisciplinary and thus interdepartmental: In addition to communication and media studies, the disciplines involved include history, film studies, religious studies, sociology, political science, education and computer science. Joint research projects are carried out at the ZeMKI in the fields of media, cultural and social change, information management, educational change and digital media as well as critical media and communication theory development. These research projects are funded both individually and jointly, mainly by the German Research Foundation, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Union and various foundations.

Conference Team

Kerstin Radde-Antweiler

Kerstin Radde-Antweiler

Karsten Wolf

Karsten Wolf

Christian Schwarzen-egger

Christian Schwarzen-egger

Lisanne Heilmann

Lisanne Heilmann


discover and enjoy

The Bremen Town Musicians are not only world-famous. Their plan to go to Bremen is still a really good idea today. Because Germany’s smallest federal state not only scores points for its big heart and unpretentious atmosphere, but also fascinates with its urban diversity, lively tolerance and vibrant culture. The Hanseatic city welcomes its guests with art, music and experiences, with worlds of pleasure and knowledge, with historical world heritage and above all: with open arms!

In spring, Bremen shines in its most beautiful colors and, after a tour of the town hall, a walk through the Schnoor, Bremen’s oldest district, invites you to enjoy a fresh beer on the Schlachte promenade or a nightcap in the Viertel, Bremen’s hippest spot.