Presenting our keynote speakers

Poonam Chowdhury and Zahra Rizvi

Poonam Chowdhury (she/her) is a PhD student at the Indian and World Literatures Department, English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, India. Her research interests include mindful gaming, indie video games, empathy and play, game-spaces, gender issues in video games, and slow gaming. She is a founding-member of the newly formed Indian chapter of Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA), formerly known as Game Studies India Adda Initiative. She is also one of the two diversity officers and finance officers here. She also leads the Special Interest Group on Computational Humanities and Computational Analytics for Digital Humanities Alliance for Research and Teaching Innovations (DHARTI). 


Zahra Rizvi (she/her/hers) is Ph.D. scholar at the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, India. Her research interests include utopia/dystopia gamescapes, indie games, young adult participatory spaces, and ethics of care in/and play. She is a founding-member of the newly-formed Indian chapter of Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA), formerly known as Games Studies India Adda Initiative. She was recently Ministry of Education-SPARC Fellow in Digital Humanities and Digital Cultures at Michigan State University, and is a member of the Digital Humanities Research Group at Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia.