The Game Studies area of the National Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association Conference invites proposals for papers, panels and completed papers on games and game studies for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference.
The organizers seek proposals and papers covering all aspects of gaming, gaming culture and game studies. Proposals can address any game medium (computer, social, console, tabletop, etc) and all theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
new game mediums and platforms (Facebook, iPhone/iPad/iPod, etc)
representation or performance of race, class, gender and sexuality in games
gaming culture, game specific cultures, and multicultural and cross-cultural issues
game development, design, authorship and other industry issues
game advertising, reviews, packaging, promotion, integrated marketing and other commercial concerns
political and legal entailments such as regulation, censorship, intellectual property
ludology, textual criticism, media ecology, narratology, etc as paradigms for games studies
player generated content in MUDs and MMORPGs, Mods, maps and machinima
game genres, platforms, consoles, console wars and connections to other media
serious games for education, business, healthcare, (military) training, etc
space and place in games, play spaces, virtual/physical communities, mobile gaming and localization
digital literacy, discourse practices, social norms and norming, the politics of play
public discourse/controversy over violence, militarism, sex, criminality, racism, etc in games
The Game Studies area of the National Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association Conference, which began as the Video Games Studies area in 2003, has the most enduring footprint of any North American academic organization that give serious attention to the social and cultural impact of games and gaming. The area continues to grow and offers two avenues for scholars to participate and present their work.
*A. Paper Proposals*
For individual paper proposal submissions, please submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract. Submissions must be made online at http://ncp.pcaaca.org
*B. Panel Proposals*
For panel submissions, please submit a 250-word (maximum) panel abstract, as well as 100-word abstracts for each individual presentation. Panel proposals must be emailed to email@example.com. Be sure to include the proposed title of the panel, the organizers name, affiliation, mailing address, and email, as well as this information for all panelists. Panel submissions may take the form of debates, dialogs, roundtable discussions, thematic panels, (or other format,) and should be designed to last approximately eighty minutes.
Please send all inquires to:
Department of English
Department of Communication
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