Welcome to HeGRiC!

HeGRiC stands for Helsinki Game Research Collective and is a group of cross-disciplinary scholars based at the University of Helsinki. Our aim is to fruitfully pursue the study the intersection of games and the humanities. The HeGRiC researchers represent a variety of disciplines, completely in line with our goal to treat games – digital, social, as well as analogue – as dynamic products of cross-disciplinary interest to the humanities.

The HeGRiC group is currently focused on scholarly quests:

  • The game studies and historical culture research seminar, led by Dr Derek Fewster. The seminar meets approximately once per month to enjoy guest lectures, research papers and scholarly discussion on the topic of games and the humanities. See the research seminar page for more details.
  • Every now and then we talk about HeGRiC and our research in external contexts. Read or listen to some of it here: HeGRiC Media Presence.
  • Imagining the Nordic – approaches to regionality in video games is a series of research papers focused on discussing the Nordics as represented in games, as well as a regional hub for game-making. This was going to be presented as a panel at cancelled conference DiGRA 2020. Will be presented at a later date.
  • HeGRiC is collaborating, or organizing Events.

If you would like to get in touch with us, feel free to write any of the below listed HeGRiC members. Detailed presentations coming soon.


Derek Fewster

Heidi Rautalahti

Ylva Grufstedt

Ylva Grufstedt is a historian and game scholar. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Helsinki where she now functions as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer. She is currently working on the book version of her thesis Counterfactual History and Game Design Practice in Digital Strategy Games for De Gruyter. She is also in the early stages of a postdoc project on game design epistemology and how game developers know things, while also teaching courses on popular culture and other uses of history.

Lysiane Lasausse


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