People We’ve Been and People We Are – Autoethnographic Techniques for Inducing and Investigating Emancipatory Bleed [Workshop]


Note: this is not a larp, but a workshop – a structured and led event which will help you get more out of your larping

Designer: Jonaya Kemper (US)
Number of participants: 10
Duration: 2.5 hours
The presenter feels that this workshop IS NOT suitable for people under the age of 18

About the workshop

In this fun workshop that combines creative autoethnography and physical embodiment, we will learn techniques for inducing and investigating emancipatory bleed. Emancipatory bleed, is a type of bleed that allows the participant in a larp to feel a sense of emancipation from systemic or internalized oppressions after playing a character. Autoethnography is a type of qualitative inquiry that looks at the self and who we are and were socialized to be, and since we must be character and self the character and their choices may give us insight into ourselves. Using a method that blends autoethnography, intersectional theories, creative writing, and Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed, we will investigate one past character and engage in exercises both physical, mental and writing. We will discuss the ethics of playing with others while seeking emancipatory bleed, ephemera and props, and how to read and write a personal autoethnography. Participants should bring comfortable clothes and be prepared to move, and one character in a larp they’ve played to explore.

Presented by

Jonaya Kemper (US):  Jonaya Kemper is an activist, educator, designer, writer, and games scholar who looks at roleplaying as a means of liberation for people of marginalized identities. Her work often involves the themes of intersectionality, storytelling, and autoethnography as a means to create more inclusive futures and explore a more diverse past.


Communication style Lots of speech
Movement style Walking
Tone Intense

Saturday morning, Studio 8