Sara Grimes Associate Director, Associate Professor

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.


News & Updates


EVENT: Rationalizing Play - A Critical Theory of Digital Gaming by Amy Ratelle

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...

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EVENT(s): Professor Andrew Feenberg - Workshop and Colloquium Talk by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Featured Project: Kids' DIY Media by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Online privacy protection for kids lagging in Canada by Amy Ratelle

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...

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What goes on in there?: U of T's Accessibility Arcade by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Games for the Disabled: Semaphore & AbleGamer's Accessibility Arcade by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Ablegamers is bringing accessibility services to video games by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Accessibility Arcade For The Disabled Opens April 26 by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Accessibility Arcade to help disabled video game lovers level up by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Seeking University of Toronto Faculty to be Semaphore Affiliates by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Semaphore Hosts the First AbleGamers Game Accessibility Arcade for Gamers with Disabilities in Canada by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Faculty of Information welcomes visiting postdoctoral fellow Dr. Arlete dos Santos Petry by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Games and Grades by Amy Ratelle

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...

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iSchool Team Participates in ROM Games Jam by Amy Ratelle

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...

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TAGLab visits Semaphore by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Minecraft Game Being Hailed as Teaching Tool by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Critical Gaming Series - Back2Back Sessions by Amy Ratelle

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...

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Critical Gaming Series - GTA4: The Carnivalesque and Videogame Catharsis by Amy Ratelle

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.

According...

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