Play Things – November 4th 2009 – School of Arts, Histories & Cultures (University of Manchester)
Keynote Speech: Dr. Graeme Kirkpatrick
Conveners : Elizabeth Aucott & Gareth Crabtree (PhD. Candidates)
Games and play are an intrinsic element of culture and society, yet both remain under theorised in academic literature. Play Things is a one day academic conference which aims to bring together a range of the most current and exciting research. The definition of play is broadly positioned to encourage an interdisciplinary approach, though we intend papers to have a specific focus on digital cultures.
Indications of areas of particular interest are:
The shaping of identity through play (in either real or virtual selves).
Play in relation to the body, sexuality and gender.
Play in relation to practices of education.
How play relates to performance (dramatic, everyday or otherwise).
The role of technology in play (incorporating the Internet, playing by yourself and playing with others).
The notion of the game in literature.
The role of play in everyday life.
Historical representations through play.
Theoretical aspects of play.
Methodological issues in research into play.
Please submit 200 word abstracts for consideration by Friday 14th August to:
5 Ludgate Hill
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