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Nordic Research on Problem Gaming from an Everyday Perspective

What is the problem in problem gaming?

A symposium held January 21st, 2016 at Lund University, Sweden.

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Problem gaming is a field rapidly gaining in academic and popular interest. A large body of the mainstream international research on the topic is still dominated by medical, psychological and discourse studies of game addiction. However, recent research conducted in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, share a different critical perspective sprung from everyday-, user-oriented, humanities and media-sociological frameworks. Several of these perspectives are represented at the Symposium and enhanced by further insights from representatives from the fields of practice and policy. Thus, the main question addressed by the speakers was: “What is the problem in problem gaming?”

The symposium attracted a large and diverse audience, that posed many questions. These questions toghether with the presentations gave rise to several thought-provoking discussions.

13.00 – 13.15     Jessica Enevold & Mia Krokstäde open the symposium

13.15 – 13.40     Esther MacCallum-Stewart ”Gender, Gatekeepers and Gateopeners”

13.45 – 14.05     Ian Sturrock ”Non-Problematic Play? Towards an Ethical Framework of Design”

14.10 – 14.30     Patrick Prax ”Gaming in Social Context – Policy and Practice”

14.35 – 14.55     Jessica Enevold "What is the Problem in Problem Gaming? From a Parental, Everyday Perspective” 

15.00 – 15.25     Coffee break

15.25 – 15.45     Anne Mette Thorhauge & Andreas Gregersen ”The What, Where, When and Who of Problem Gaming. An Everyday Perspective”

15.50 – 16.10     Anne Brus ”What is a Children and Young People's Perspective?”

16.15 – 16.35     Helle Skovbjerg ”Parental Risk Management and Gender Roles”

16.40 – 17.00     Mattias Ekenberg ”The Therapist’s Perspective”

17.05 – 17.25     Jessika Svensson "The Governmental Perspective" (cancelled)

17.30 – 17.35     Jessica Enevold concludes the symposium


You can take part of Esther MacCallum-Stewarts Power Point-presentation through this PDF-file.

You can take part of Patrick Prax Power Point-presentation through this PDF-file .


The symposium was held Thursday the 21st of January 2016 from 1 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. The venue was LUX, room B152, at Lund University, Helgonavägen 3 in Lund, Sweden.


Markus Idvall

Former Head of Centre for Oresund Regions Studies

markus [dot] idvall [at] kultur [dot] lu [dot] se (markus[dot]idvall[at]kultur[dot]lu[dot]se)
+ 46 46 222 0949