Before coming to Leipzig, Martin Picard was a lecturer at Université de Montréal and Université Laval in Canada. He completed in 2013 a Japan Foundation Research Fellowship on Japanese video game culture at Wako University in Tokyo. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University and received his Ph.D. in literature and film studies from the Université de Montréal. He taught video game history and aesthetics, game design, and methodologies of animation for the Art and Science of Animation program at the School of Design at Université Laval. He also taught Japanese and Chinese cinema, and Japanese literature and culture in the Department of East Asian Studies at Université de Montréal. His research focuses on the history and culture of Japanese video games, but also on national and digital cinemas, as well as on popular culture in its transmedia and transnational manifestations. He is the co-founder and member of the executive committee of the History of Game Annual Symposium (sahj.ca) and the co-founder and co-chief editor of the Kinephanosjournal.