Dr. Sara M. Grimes is Associeate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, and Visiting Professor in Book and Media Studies at the University of St. Michael's College.
Sara researches primarily in the areas of children's digital media culture(s), play studies and critical theories of technology, with a special focus on videogames. Sara has published work exploring the commercialization of children's virtual worlds and online communities, the articulation of a critical theory of digital game play, discussions of intellectual property and fair dealing in digital game environments, as well as the legal and ethical dimensions of marketing to children online. Her work has appeared in journals such as New Media & Society, The Information Society, The International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, Media International Australia and Communication, Culture & Critique, as chapters in edited volumes, as well as various magazines and blogs. She has also presented her research at a number of national and international conferences, workshops and festivals.
Sara teaches courses on children's cultural texts and artifacts, digital game studies, research methods, and the social and cultural dimensions of social media technologies.
Posted on Feb 25th, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
WORKSHOP: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 6pm-9pm
Location: McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology (39A Queen's Park Cresent East)
(Parking available off 121 St. Joseph...
Posted on Feb 25th, 2016
Thursday, March 3, 2016
WORKSHOP: Thursday March 3, 2016, 12pm-1:20pm
Location: Semaphore Demo Room (room 1150, ground floor, Robarts Library, directions here).
Graduate students and faculty are invited...Read More
Posted on Feb 19th, 2016
Mapping trends, policy implications, and the best practices around children's creative cultural production online
Today, children’s DIY media creation increasingly takes place online, using digital tools that allow them to not only produce and share their ideas with the...Read More
Posted on Jul 17th, 2014
Prof. Sara Grimes featured in The Toronto Star
THE TORONTO STAR - "Sara Grimes, an assistant professor in the faculty of information at the University of Toronto, has been investigating the...Read More
Posted on May 9th, 2014
Nothing makes a disability go away faster than us having something in common to talk about
THE GRID - "Among videogame fans, titles like Halo and Call of Duty are as ubiquitous as they come. But for some, those games are...Read More
Posted on Apr 29th, 2014
Many students showed interest in the Semaphore cluster’s projects, and a few sat down to talk with Barlet about his...
DORKSHELF.COM - "Housed in Robarts Library in downtown Toronto, the first Canadian chapter of the Accessibility Arcade is a joint effort of the...Read More
Posted on May 2nd, 2014
What disabled players want to play is what everyone else is playing
VICE - "What’s required to play the average video game? Not in terms of tech, television resolution, or optimal viewing angle; but how about the...Read More
Posted on Apr 24th, 2014
There is talent in this group of gamers, make no mistake about it
UBERGIZMO - "Just because one is disabled, this does not mean that one should not be entitled to have some fun and recreation time, especially...Read More
Posted on Apr 24th, 2014
Opens April 26
THE GLOBE AND MAIL - "Disabled Canadians gamers are finally getting a chance to try-before-they-buy with the opening of the Accessibility Arcade at the University...Read More
Posted on Apr 15th, 2014
Seeking new faculty affiliates from University of Toronto St. George, Scarborough, and Mississauga campuses
The Semaphore Research Cluster on Mobile and Pervasive Computing seeks new faculty affiliates from University of Toronto St. George, Scarborough, and Mississauga campuses. We are...Read More
Posted on Mar 28th, 2014
The Semaphore/AbleGamers Accessibility Arcade opens Saturday, April 26, 2014
As announced during the critically acclaimed SXSW speech by AbleGamers Founder, Mark Barlet, the Semaphore Research Cluster will permanently host the first Canadian location for...Read More
Posted on Mar 20th, 2014
The Faculty of Information is pleased to welcome Dr. Arlete dos Santos Petry, a Visting Postdoctoral Researcher who will be studying with iSchool...Read More
Posted on Mar 3rd, 2014
Sara Grimes discusses Minecraft with CTV News
CTV NEWS - "Naomi Parness reports on a school in Peel that is embracing the power of video games to help ignite a passion for...Read More
Posted on Sep 9th, 2013
The iSchool’s team designed a “battle” card game based on real historical figures and modelled after the popular "Magic: The...
FACULTY OF INFORMATION - University of Toronto iSchool MMst students Cody Brown and Brian Joe, with 2nd-year PhD student Matt Wells, and additional team member...Read More
Posted on Jun 15th, 2013
On June 13th, 2013 the Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab (TAGlab) paid a visit to Semaphore. Over the hour-long lunch meeting, both labs...Read More
Posted on May 31st, 2013
Sara Grimes discusses Minecraft with The Toronto Star
TORONTO STAR - "It’s a disconcerting scene that’s been playing out for upwards of a year in our east-end Toronto basement. Quinn Hall and Malcolm...Read More
Posted on Mar 27th, 2013
Wednesday, April 10th, 2014
Semaphore Demo Room (room 1150, ground floor, Robarts Library)
It's the end of the semester, come relax with an evening of gaming...Read More
Posted on Feb 10th, 2013
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
This discussion of violence in video games is part of Semaphore's Critical Gaming Series.