Cross-gender Roleplaying: Gender Attitudes in Russian and European Live-Action Role-Playing Games

The project “Cross-gender Roleplaying: Gender Attitudes in Russian and European Live-Action Role-Playing Games” conducted by Olga Vorobyeva (European University at St. Petersburg) focuses on LARPs (live-action role-playing games), a kind of improvisational interactive performance where participants act through fictional characters in a fictional game world, but no professional acting skills are required from participants  and no separate audience is targeted. At the focus of this study is the relation between player’s and character’s gender. Empirical data collected in Russia and Europe highlighted that different communities have diverse attitudes and practices concerning cross-gender play. The comparative analysis of implicit gender attitudes  was published as a CGES working paper.

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