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Abbie Hartman is an interdisciplinary historian working in the fields of Modern History and Media Studies. Her research focuses on how popular culture influences historical knowledge, particularly video games' use in articulating and understanding moments of historical trauma. Abbie's current project examines a cross-section of video games published since 2010 and places them within a historical, academic context to compare how players are consuming historically-themed video games, how these games embrace or reject traditional historical narratives, and how this affects the way players understand their own stories of the past. Abbie's latest publication, "Video Games as Public History: Archives, Empathy and Affinity" (Game Studies, 2021), addresses how to utilise video games as a powerful and emotive form of public history. Additionally, Abbie has extensive experience working in the GLAM and education sectors and is driven by the philosophy that history should be available and consumable for everyone.


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