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Theresa Krampe

PhD candidate, videogame researcher, literary scholar

About Me

Theresa Krampe holds an MA in National and Transnational Studies from Münster University. Her MA research, parts of which have been published in Game Studies (2018), focusses on the political aesthetics of contemporary roleplaying video games from a queer game studies perspective. From 2017 to 2018, she was also a lecturer in literary theory.

In 2018, she transferred to Justus-Liebig University Giessen, where she is a doctoral candidate at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC). She is also a member of the PhD programme Literary and Cultural Studies (IPP) and holds a scholarship with the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. Her PhD project focusses on the forms and functions of metareference in contemporary video games.


Dissertation Project "Metareference in Videogames: Theory, Typology, Analysis"

  • Krampe, Theresa (2021). "The World Machine: Self-Reflexive World-Building in OneShot." Game | World | Architectonics. Transdisciplinary Approaches on Structures and Mechanics, Levels and Spaces, Aesthetics and Perception, edited by Marc Bonner. Heidelberg UP.
  • Krampe, Theresa (2021). "Intersections of Race, Sexuality, and National Identity in BioWare’s Mass Effect." Nationalism and the Postcolonial, edited by Sandra Dinter and Johanna Marquardt. Leiden: Brill, 149-65.
  • Krampe, Theresa (forthcoming 2021). "Rewriting the Global Metropolis: The Construction of Place and Identity in Elaine Proctor’s Rhumba."Literature and Literary Studies in the Twenty-First Century: Cultural Concerns – Concepts – Case Studies, edited by Ansgar Nünning, Vera Nünning, and Alexander Scherr. Trier: WVT.
  • Krampe, Theresa (2019). “All the World’s a Game: Video Game Culture and the Video-ludification of Society [Review on: Muriel, Daniel and Garry Crawford. Video Games as Culture: Considering the Role and Importance of Video Games in Contemporary Society. Abingdon: Routledge 2018]”. In: KULT_online 58.

  • Krampe, Theresa (2018). “No Straight Answers: Queering Hegemonic Masculinity in BioWare’s Mass Effect.” Game Studies 18.2. Web.


'Introduction to Video Game Studies'. Winter 2019. IPP Workshop.

Co-taught seminar 'Virtual Realities in Fiction – Fiction as Virtual Reality: An Introduction to Theories of Immersion'. Summer 2019. Department of English, JLU Giessen, with Dr. Alexander Scherr.

'Communicating Texts and Theories'. Winter 2017/2018. Department of English, WWU Münster (2 courses).


Random Walks: A Blog on Urban Aesthetics and Practices (Author and Editor):

Digital Conference "Rethinking Postcolonial Europe: Moving Identities, Changing Subjectivities". 8th postgraduate forum Postcolonial Narrations, February 10-12, 2021.



  • German Academic Foundation (Stipend)
  • International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
  • International PhD Programme Literary and Cultural Studies (IPP)

Past Memberships

  • Chair of the postgraduate forum "Postcolonial Narrations" (2019-2021)
Research Interests
  • Game Studies
  • Metafiction and Metareference
  • Transmedial Narratology
  • Queer Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
Talks and Conference Presentations
  • 'Queer Play und LGBTQIA* Repräsentation im RPG'. 19 March 2021, Spielzeichen IV. University of Passau.
  • 'Stepping Through the Screen: Perspectives on Immersion and Illusion-Break in Videogame Narrative'. 01-06 July 2019, Neurohumanities: Promises and Threats. Lisbon Consortium.
  • 'Towards a Typology of Metareference in Video Games'. 30 May-01 June 2019, The Society for the Study of Narrative Annual Conference. Universidad de Navarra.

  • '(Re)Playing London: Mapping Neo-Victorian Cityspaces in Recent Videogames'. 14-15 April 2019, Urban Play, Tampere University Game Research Lab.

  • 'The World Machine: Self-Reflexive Worldmaking in Oneshot'. 18-19 March 2019, Architectonics of Gameworlds – On Aesthetics and Mechanics, Spaces and Places, Rhythms and Philosophies. Cologne University.

  • 'On the Political Aesthetics of Playing Queer in BioWare’s Mass Effect'. 10-12 May 2018 Nationalism and the Postcolonial. GAPS Annual Conference, University of Mainz.

  • 'Rewriting the Global Metropolis: The Construction of Place and Migrant Identity in Elaine Proctor’s Rhumba.' 01 December 2017, Faces of Migration. Bielefeld University.

  • 'With the Idea of a Gun: Resistance, Identity, and the Power of Imagination in Sherman Alexie’s ‘The Trial of Thomas Builds-the-Fire'. 13 June 2015, Self in the Making – Narrative and Performative Constructions of Identity. Münster University.