Christina Polak-Rottmann studied Japanese Studies at the Department for East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. So far, she focused in her research on the analysis of digital games from a cultural studies perspective, examining their contents with regard to sociocultural and posthuman depictions of the ‘Self’ and the ‘Other’, transcultural characteristics, war-themed narration and constructions of gender identity and gender roles. She received her PhD at the University of Vienna in 2021. Her dissertation studies constructions of female protagonists in digital games that were released for the Japanese market 1997–2017. In her current research project, she methodologically explores how digital games may be used as a tool for academic research output.