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dhr. A. (Alex) Gekker

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur

  • Turfdraagsterpad 9
  • Kamernummer:2.19
  • Postbus 94550
    1090 GN Amsterdam
  • Overview

    Alex Gekker is an Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture and the thesis coordinator for the NMDC Masters programme. He completed his PhD at Utrecht University, working on the relations between mapping, digital interfaces and power. He is interested in ways socio-technical systems are designed to influence users, and his researched touched upon quantification and datafication of society, the experience economy and interface critique. He is the co-editor of Time for Mapping: Cartographic Temporalities and Playful Mapping in the Digital Age, both available as Open Access.

    Additionally, he has participated in the field of games and play studies over his career, both as a scholar and practitioner. He has launched an early prototype of a location-based game, was part of the co-founding team of the Games for Health Europe series of conferences and now co-designs Playfields, a playful tool for teaching fieldwork.

    Beyond specific topics, he has been increasingly interested in hybrid methods and methodology, constantly looking into new ways of doing research and teaching altogether.

    In the past he has worked in variety of media positions, as journalist, editor and spokesperson.

  • Publicaties


    • Knight, E., & Gekker, A. (2020). Mapping Interfacial Regimes of Control: Palantir's ICM in America's Post-9/11 Security Technology Infrastructures. Surveillance & Society, 18(2), 231-243. https://doi.org/10.24908/ss.v18i2.13268


    • Gekker, A. (2019). Playing with Power: Casual politicking as a new frame for political analysis. In R. Glas, S. Lammes, M. de Lange, J. Raessens, & I. de Vries (Eds.), The Playful Citizen: Civic Engagement in a Mediatized Culture (pp. 387-419). (Games and Play; Vol. 1). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. https://doi.org/10.5117/9789462984523 [details]
    • Gekker, A., & Hind, S. (2019). Infrastructural surveillance. New Media and Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444819879426
    • Hind, S., & Gekker, A. (2019). On Autopilot: Towards a Flat Ontology of Vehicular Navigation. In C. Lukinbeal, L. Sharp, E. Sommerlad, & A. Escher (Eds.), Media’s Mapping Impulse (pp. 141-160). (Media Geography at Mainz; Vol. 6). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. [details]


    • Gekker, A. (2018). Let’s not play: Interpassivity as resistance in ‘Let’s Play’ videos. Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, 10(3), 219-242. https://doi.org/10.1386/jgvw.10.3.219_1 [details]
    • Gekker, A., Hind, S., Lammes, S., Perkins, C., & Clancy, W. (2018). Conclusion: back to the future. In Time for Mapping: Cartographic Temporalities (pp. 256-267). Manchester University Press.
    • Gekker, A., Hind, S., Lammes, S., Perkins, C., & Clancy, W. (2018). Introduction: mapping times. In Time for Mapping: Cartographic Temporalities (pp. 1-23). Manchester University Press.
    • Pánek, J., Gekker, A., Hind, S., Wendler, J., Perkins, C., & Lammes, S. (2018). Encountering Place: Mapping and Location-Based Games in Interdisciplinary Education. Cartographic Journal, 55(3), 285-297. https://doi.org/10.1080/00087041.2017.1386342 [details]



    • Schouten, B., Fedtke, S., Bekker, T., Schijven, M., & Gekker, A. (2013). Games for Health: Proceedings of the 3rd european conference on gaming and playful interaction in health care. Springer Science+Business Media.


    • Gekker, A. (2012). Health games: Taxonomy analysis and multiplayer design suggestions. In Serious Games Development and Applications - Third International Conference, SGDA 2012, Proceedings (pp. 13-30). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 7528). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33687-4_2


    • Lammes, S., Perkins, C., Gekker, A., Hind, S., Clancy, W., & Evans, D. (Eds.) (2018). Time for mapping: Cartographic temporalities. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [details]


    • Gekker, A. (2012). Gamocracy: Political communication in the age of play.
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