Dr Steph Rennick

Lecturer in Digital Media (Interactive)

Communications, Media and Culture Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Steph Rennick

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About me

I am a philosopher working at the intersection of philosophy of pop culture, metaphysics, linguistics, and game studies, with a particular interest in video games, as well as gender, accessibility, time travel, and tropes. I co-led a multi-disciplinary, cross-institutional team to develop the Video Game Dialogue Corpus, the first large-scale, openly accessible, consistently coded corpus of video game dialogue. My recent research concerns gender representation, construction and bias in video games and aims to give game makers the tools and knowledge to make informed choices about gender in their game design.

I am a Lecturer in Digital Media (Interactive Media) in Communications, Media and Culture here at the University of Stirling. I have previously held posts at the University of Glasgow and Cardiff University, and completed my PhD jointly between Glasgow and Macquarie University.


My research interests span various areas of philosophy (including metaphysics, philosophy of tech, intersectional feminist philosophy and philosophy of pop culture), linguistics, gender studies and game studies, and include: tropes in the narrative and mechanics of video games and other media, player experience (including immersion, optionality and autonomy), gender, disability and accessibility, video game dialogue, interaction design, representation and construction of gender and other facets of identity in games and other media, time travel, free will, and foreknowledge.

I am happy to supervise projects relating to the above; if you're unsure, feel free to get in touch at steph.rennick@stir.ac.uk. For more information on my research, see https://www.stephrennick.com.

Outputs (15)


Book Chapter

Rennick S (2024) Feminist Philosophy of Time. In: Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy. Routledge.

Book Chapter

Rennick S (2023) Foreknowledge. In: Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0332

Website Content

Newey C & Rennick S (2022) The Use and Usefulness of Peer Feedback. T&L Exchange, University of Reading [Briefing] 06.12.2022. https://sites.reading.ac.uk/t-and-l-exchange/2022/12/06/the-use-and-usefulness-of-peer-feedback/

Project Report

Rennick S & Newey C (2017) Improving Peer Review: A Pilot Study. Cardiff University. Cardiff. https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learning-hub/view/improving-peer-review-a-pilot-study

Book Review

Rennick S (2017) Purpose in the Universe: The Moral and Metaphysical Case for Ananthropocentric Purposivism, by Tim Mulgan: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. viii + 435, £50 (hardback).. Review of: Purpose in the Universe: The Moral and Metaphysical Case for Ananthropocentric Purposivism, by Tim Mulgan Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. viii (9780198822776). Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 95 (3), pp. 615-617. https://doi.org/10.1080/00048402.2016.1231697

Book Chapter

Rennick S (2016) Prophetic foreknowledge in Game of Thrones. In: Silverman EJ & Arp R (eds.) The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy: You Think or Die. Popular Culture and Philosophy, 105. Chicago: Open Court, pp. 151-158. https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-Ultimate-Game-of-Thrones-and-Philosophy-by-Eric-J-Silverman-editor-Robert-Arp-editor-E-M-Dadlez-Christopher-C-Kirby-Matthew-McKeever-Jarno-Hietalahti-Kimberly-S-Engels-Danielle-Karim-Cox-Evan-Rosa-Paul-Giladi-Jason-Iuliano-Lauren-OConnell/9780812699500?currency=USD&destination=US&a_aid=usbook&data1=apz-comp&target=blank