Torill Elvira Mortensen

Torill Elvira Mortensen, Dr. art.

Associate Professor

IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Building: 5D11

Phone: +45 7218 5236

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Torill Elvira Mortensen

Associate Professor

  • Digital Design
  • Culture & Technology
  • Center for Computer Games Research
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Phone: +45 7218 5236



Torill Elvira Mortensen is an associate professor at the IT-University of Copenhagen since July 2010. Before that she was an associate professor in media and communication at Volda University College, Norway, where she worked from 1991 - 2010.

Her Ph D is on games and culture: Pleasures of the player, flow and control in online games (2003), and much of her research and publications are on games, players and playfulness more generally in social media. Her teaching is currently mainly concerned with Digital Rhetoric and Transmedial Storytelling.

Torill is part of the Department of Digital Design, the Culture and Communication research group and the Cult research initiative. Cult is a transmedial research initiative, studying online cultures and communication through a lens of humanities and social science. She is the coordinator of the international Play European Research consortium.

Torill was a member of the board for Norsk Tipping 2011 - 2015 , appointed by the Norwegian Minster of Culture. She served on the board of DiGRA, Digital Games Researchers Association from 2006 – 2010, and she was a founding member of the journal Gamestudies. She is active in several of the internet research communities, and was program chair for Association of Internet Research’s conference IR 11.0 in Stockholm 2010. She wrote Perceiving Play: the Art and Study of Computer Games (2009), a book on games research and the development of the field, and was editor, with Linderoth and Brown, of The Dark Side of Game Play: Controversial Issues in Playful Environments (2015).

2017 Torill Mortensen was visiting the University of Bologna, Italy, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. She is currently writing a book in relation to the Games and Transgressive Aesthetics project at the University of Bergen, Norway, in collaboration with Kristine Jørgensen (UiB).


Asynchronous Transgressions: Suffering, Relief and Invasions in Nintendo’s Miiverse and Streetpass

Mortensen, T., Navarro-Remesal, V., Kristine, J. (ed.) & Karlsen, F. (ed.), 2019, Transgression in Games and Play. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, p. 47-44 18 p.

Introduction to Special Issue: Media-ludic approaches: Critical reflections on games and research practice

Mortensen, T., Witkowski, E. & Toft-Nielsen, C., 14 Jun 2018, In : MedieKultur. 9 p.

MedieKultur: Media-ludic approaches: Critical reflections on games and research practice

Mortensen, T. (ed.) & Witkowski, E. (ed.), 14 Jun 2018, København

Real game worlds: The emotional reality of fictional worlds

Mortensen, T., 14 Jun 2018, In : MedieKultur. 34, 64, 16 p.

Anger, fear and games: The Long Event of #GamerGate

Mortensen, T., 2016, In : Games and Culture. p. 1-20

Dark Play: The Aesthetics of Controversial Playfulness

Linderoth, J. & Mortensen, T. E., 2015, The Dark Side of Gameplay: Controversial Issues in Playful Environments. Mortensen, T. E., Linderoth, J. & Brown, A. ML. (eds.). Routledge, p. 3-12 9 p. (Routledge Advances in Game Studies, Vol. 4).

Keeping the Balance: Morals at the Dark Side

Mortensen, T. E., 2015, The Dark Side of Game Play. Mortensen, T. E., Linderoth, J. & Brown, A. ML. (eds.). Routledge, p. 154-170 16 p.

The Dark Side of Gameplay: Controversial Issues in Playful Environments

Mortensen, T. E. (ed.), Linderoth, J. (ed.) & Brown, A. ML. (ed.), 2015, New York and London: Routledge. 272 p.

It’s just a Game: Presenting Yourself Online

Mortensen, T. & Nørholm, R. R., 15 Jan 2014.

Graeme Kirkpatrick, Aesthetic Theory and the Video Game

Mortensen, T. E., 2014, In : American Journal of Play. 7, 1

MUDs and MOOs

Mortensen, T., 2014, The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. Ryan, M-L., Emerson, L. & Robertson, B. J. (eds.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 341-343 3 p.

It’s a Quest(ion) of timing

Mortensen, T. E., 30 Oct 2013, Multiplayer: The Social Aspects of Digital Gaming. Quandt, T. & Kröger, S. (eds.). Routledge, p. 124-133 9 p. (Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education, Vol. 3).

An inappropriate sense of place

Mortensen, T., 2013.

Estetikk og spillelementer: Utfoldelse og lekenhet med digital medieteknologi

Mortensen, T. E. & Kristine, J., 2013, In : Norsk Medietidsskrift. 20, 3, p. 241-260 19 p.

The playful aesthetics of rhetoric in ergodicity

Mortensen, T., 2013.

Knitting a community: weblogs and institutions

Mortensen, T. E., 18 Oct 2012.

Keeping the balance in the Empire; turning to the light, the dark and the grey side in Star Wars: the Old Republic.

Mortensen, T. E., 6 Jun 2012.

Transformed play: sharing resources for live-action roleplay and reenactment.

Mortensen, T. E., 23 May 2012, Proceedings of the DREAM Conference. The Transformative Museum. Syddansk Universitetsforlag, p. 238-251

Framing the Game: Four Game-Related Approaches to Goffman's Frames.

Glas, R., Jørgensen, K., Mortensen, T. E. & Rossi, L., 2011, Online Gaming in Context: The social and cultural significance of online games. Crawford, G., Gosling, V. K. & Light, B. (eds.). London: Routledge

It's a Quest(ion) of Timing

Mortensen, T. E., 2011.

O jogo enquanto vida moralmente correta: hedonismo utilitário, a ética do jogo?

Mortensen, T. E., 2011, In : Revista Fronteiras. 13, 3

Phased out: Togetherness and parallel play in multi-user games

Mortensen, T. E., 2011.

The player as hedonist: The problem of enjoyment

Mortensen, T. E., 2011, In : Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds. 2, 2


Playing with the unspeakable: emotions, meaning and transgressive games

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Speaker)
25 May 2018

Workshop on Transgressive Game Content: A Central and Eastern European Perspective

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Workshop Chair)
21 Oct 2015

Workshop on Games and Transgressive Aesthetics, DiGRA 2015

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Workshop Chair)
14 May 201517 May 2015

Games of Late Modernity

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Participant)
15 Jan 201417 Jan 2014

The 14th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Participant)
23 Oct 201326 Oct 2013

DIGRA 2013

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Participant)
26 Aug 201329 Aug 2013

Nordmedia 2013

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Participant)
8 Aug 201311 Aug 2013

The 13th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Participant)
18 Oct 201221 Oct 2012

Nordic Digra

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Speaker)
6 Jun 20128 Jun 2012

The Transformative Museum

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Participant)
23 May 201225 May 2012

Role-playing in games

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Other (please specify))
10 Apr 201211 Apr 2012


Torill Elvira Mortensen (Keynote Speaker)
21 Jul 201123 Jul 2011

Norsk Tipping (External organisation)

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Member)
1 Jun 201131 May 2015

The 11th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers

Torill Elvira Mortensen (Program Chair)
21 Oct 201023 Oct 2010

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