Historical Arguments for a Future Field of Research
In the context of postcolonial debates in Literary and Cultural Studies, the
mediality of (post)colonial practices and cultural phenomena has found little at-
tention.1 A large part of Postcolonial Studies derives from the context of Literary
Studies, and even those works that engage with visual and acoustic phenomena
like photography, film or phonographic recordings often restrict themselves to
questions of content and representation. How medial and
2 Games in the Modern Era.
A Short MediaHistory
Games are media, this much seems indisputable. Still, it is seldom attempted to
situate analog or digital games in the context of the history and theory of media.
Quite clearly, however, digital games are positioned in the continuity of modern
audiovisuality.1 In particular, they are the latest step in the process of the steady
1 The German noun ‘Spiel’ can mean both game and play (which includes both conno-
tations of ‘play’ as they are