Joe Graham

Joe Graham
Program

MA student

Supervisor

Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

Themes

Culture, health and inequality

I am an MA student studying under the supervision of Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier. I recently finished my undergraduate degree at UVic with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Anthropology and Environmental Studies. Much of my undergraduate experience focused on social justice issues related to environmental degradation, as well as on community building and grassroots organising in response. While my proposed research departs from that environmental focus, I will be drawing from those same themes of justice and community in my graduate work.

Broadly speaking, my current research topic is neurodivergent experiences within western tabletop roleplaying culture. I intend to look at processes of identity and community building, as well as the co-creation of shared knowledge and resources for other ND participants. I am also interested in examining representations of neurodiversity in popular media as compared to the forms of representation and narratives which emerge from gaming media which grant agency to participants as both characters and worldbuilders. The intention of this project is to speak not only to experiences within tabletop culture, but to how the worlds and narratives created within these spaces can inform issues of stigma, inequality, and accessibility more broadly.