CURRICULUM (english)

Eliane Bettocchi, PhD.
Associate Professor and Vice Dean at Institute of Arts and Design, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil.


As a researcher, I have been intrigued by the potential of narrative games as poetic expressionand means of changing the world. However, as a black woman, I still feel underrepresented and uncomfortable among the gaming community. Now, inspired by Gayatri Spivak, I ask myself: Can the subaltern Play? As we had our work recently referenced as an example of Decolonial Pedagogy among brazilian researchers in Game Studies, I started to wonder if it’s possible to enhance our reserach and teaching framework with a decolonial perspective. Can we think, make and enjoy games from the so called subaltern point of view? Considering that contemporary Cultural Studies admits the possibility of a Decolonial Pedagogy, can we entertain the possibility of a Decolonial Ludology?

Papers in english:

Game Design

The following games are been developed as part of the learning process  refered in the papers above involving 10 undergradute students from the Arts and Design Institute.

Concept Art

    • Waïra. RPG NPC for the setting Age of Choice, about different kinds of Sustainability Activism. This character embodies gender and sexuality activisms. ADULT CONTENT.
    • Iridessa de Oyá. RPG and future videogame NPC for the path of the Oyá- Iansã Orisha in the setting Living Colors, about afro-resistance. She embodies the tempestous aspect of the deity.
    • Zula Matriarchy. RPG and future cardgame and boardgame setting. For english version please refer to the Terra Nova GDD.
    • Siara.  Character design for League of Legends based on the poem Abóbora Menina (Pumpkin Girl) by Paula Tavares, an Angolan writter, developed with undergraduate students Naiara de Castro, Laura Nogueira, Igor Sanches, Daniel Reis, Bruno Marques and Rucciela Frazzatto.



    • Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
      Associate Professor Of Art
      October 2010 – Present
      Juiz de Fora Area, Brazil
      Concept Art and Games Professor, former Art Education Course Coordinator,vice director of Arts and Design Institute
    • UNESCO Chair of Reading PUC-Rio
      Design Consultant & Researcher
      December 2007 – October 2010 (2 years 11 months)
      Design consulting for Literacy and Reading projects in partnership withCatholic University of Rio de Janeiro.
    • UniCarioca
      Professor and course coordinator of BA in Design
      February 2009 – July 2010 (1 year 6 months)
    • UNIFOA
      January 2009 – July 2010 (1 year 7 months)


    • State University of Rio de Janeiro
      Graphic Designer January 2002 – February 2004 (2 years 2 months) Art direction, web and graphic design for scientific magazine at the Art Institute.
    • Akrito Publisher
      Art Director
      1996 – 2000 (5 years)
      Branding, graphic design and concept art for the company and its role-playing games.
    • ZAPPIN
      Art Assistant
      1995 – 1996 (2 years)
      Intern at graphic design studio that produced comics and advertising pieces.


    • Illustrator and graphic designer
      January 1991 – October 2010 (19 years 10 months)
      Concep Art, covers and internal art for publications, game design, art direction, visual research on Art History and Semiotics; art with an ethical and philosophical approach.
    • Created the program book cover illustration for GenCon Indy 2004 and designed the Dragon for GenCon 40th Anniversary, celebrated in 2006.
    • Illustrations for Green Ronin Blue Rose RPG and The Deck of Many Things.
    • GSA Publisher
      freelancer illustrator
      1991 – 1996 (6 years)
      Illustrations for the company role-playing games.


    • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
      doctor’s, Design · (2004 – 2008)
    • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
      master’s, Design · (2000 – 2002)
    • Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
      graduation, art theory · (1998 – 1999)
    • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
      bachelor’s, fine arts and biology · (1988 – 1994)