Katja Aller is the program manager for the interdisciplinary MA Game Development and Research at Cologne Game Lab. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Media Studies at Cologne University. She holds a joint master’s degree in German and Comparative Literature from both Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany) and St Andrews University (Scotland).
As a former literature scholar, Katja has a soft spot for narrative-heavy games and so-called walking simulators. Her dissertation “The Narrative Capacities of Spaces and Objects in Walking Simulator Games” explores the connections and relationships between player, narrative(s), and in-game environments in walking simulators. Her research interests include (transmedial) Narratology, Theory of Space, Object/Thing Studies, and Horror in games and film.