BRAAAAAAAINS: Archaeology and Philosophy of Zombies in Games

A talk from EMF 2018 by Dr. Tyr Fothergill

On Sunday September 2, 2018 at in Stage A

These are not the zombies you've fragged! A bioarchaeologist and an applied philosopher will take you on a historical zombie adventure beyond Romero's shambling hordes and stories about Haitian Voodoo. Did you know that the D&D wondrous item: Hand of Glory was inspired by real artefacts? Or that miasmic "zombification" in some video games reflects medieval ideas about contagion? What do past ideas about zombies tell us about zombies now? And how do video game zombies reflect current ideas about ethics? Also, find out how zombies play a role in cutting-edge neuroscience and ICT research!