Laura Op de Beke

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Phone +47-22854913
Room B437
Visiting address IKOS
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

Academic interests

My research is part of a larger interdisciplinary project called Lifetimes: a Natural History of the Present. My contribution looks at Anthropocene temporalities in science fiction novels and video games. Science fiction betrays an enduring fascination for deep time: stories of the rise and fall of civilizations, species histories, cosmic dramas etc. At the same time, video games, as interactive, procedural objects of culture enable different ways of story-telling, some of which are auspiciously favorable to engaging with these topics. My research sits at this productive junction, and asks what kinds of experiences both sci-fi novels and video games generate that are tapping into the cultural and political insecurities and opportunities characterizing the Anthropocene. 


I have a BA degree in English Language and Culture from Leiden University. I also have MA degrees in North American Studies and Literary Studies from the same university. In 2014 I was the recipient of the Harting Scholarship which enabled my exchange with University College London. In 2016 I received the Holland Scholarship to finance my stay at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. 

I am trained as a literary scholar but since my graduation I have been branching out into new media scholarship, specifically video game studies, as well as the environmental humanities. 


  • Harting Scholarship
  • Holland Scholarship
  • TRAHA (Theodore Roosevelt American History Award) Nominee

Positions held

  • 2019 NASA fellow (Netherlands American Studies Association)


Tags: Science fiction, video games, game studies, the Anthropocene, Future, Time studies, Environmental, Narratology
Published Sep. 6, 2019 8:43 AM - Last modified Sep. 11, 2019 5:01 PM

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