The Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area welcomes papers, panels, and other proposals on games (digital and otherwise) and their study and development. The Area is also offering a three hour workshop titled “Empathy Game Design: A Quick Introduction” on the first day of the conference.
- PROPOSAL SUBMISSION -
Possible topics include (but are in no way limited to):
Advertising (both in-game and out)
Alternative reality games
Archiving and artifactual preservation
Design and development
Economic and industrial histories and studies
Educational games and their pedagogies
Foreign language games and culture
Game art/game-based art (including game sound)
Haptics and interface studies
Histories of games
MOGs, MMOGs, and other forms of online/networked gaming
Religion and games
Representations of race and gender
Representations of space and place
The rhetoric of games and game systems
Table-top games and gaming
Technological, aesthetic, economic, and ideological convergence
Theories of play
Wireless and mobile gaming
For paper proposals: Please submit a 250 word abstract and brief biographical sketch to the conference event management site:http://conference2014.southwestpca.org/. Make sure to select the Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice topic area. The submission deadline is 11/1/2014.
For panel and other proposals: Feel free to query the Area Chair first (Judd Ruggill, Arizona State University, firstname.lastname@example.org). Panel and other proposals should also be submitted to the conference event management site and include the information requested for individual paper proposals (each on a separate submission form), as well as a 100-word statement of the panel’s raison d’etre and any noteworthy organizational features.
As always, proposals are welcome from any and all scholars (including graduate students, independent scholars, and tenured, tenure-track, and emeritus faculty) and practitioners (developers, artists, archivists, and so forth). Also, unusual formats, technologies, and the like are encouraged.
- AWARD -
Graduate students accepted to present in this area may apply for the conference’s monetary Computer Culture and Game Studies Award. The full paper is due to the judges on 12/15/2014. For details on this award and the conference’s other awards for graduate students, seehttp://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/.
- WORKSHOP -
The Area Research Coordinator is pleased to announce this year’s Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice workshop, “Empathy Game Design: A Quick Introduction.” The workshop will be led by Carly Kocurek (Illinois Institute of Technology). Participants will explore the emerging genre of empathy games, which includes titles such as _Depression Quest_, _Spent_, _That Dragon_, _Cancer_, and _dys4ia_, and work collaboratively to conceptualize games of their own. No technical knowledge or prior experience is necessary.
The workshop is limited to 10 participants, and the goal is for participants to leave with a game concept and list of potential development tools. The limited number of participants will ensure that everyone involved will get the time and attention they need. If you would like to enroll in the workshop, please email a 100-250 word statement of interest to the Area Research Coordinator (Jennifer deWinter at email@example.com) and Carly Kocurek (firstname.lastname@example.org). Nota bene: There is no charge for the workshop (for registered conference presenters/attendees).
The submission deadline is 1/15/15.
- COLLABORATION & PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES -
The Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area is international in scope and emphasizes diversity, an openness to innovative approaches and presentations, and the energetic practice of post-conference collaboration and publication.
The Area Research Coordinator would like to note the following publication opportunities for this year’s participants:
1) The SWPACA’s peer-reviewed journal, _Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy_, welcomes submissions. Please visithttp://journaldialogue.org for information on the journal and submission process.
2) As an official affiliate of the SWPACA, _Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture_ always welcomes papers, especially from new scholars and from emerging disciplines. For more information about the journal, visithttp://reconstruction.eserver.org/.
For more information about these opportunities, or to discuss others, please email the Area Research Coordinator (Jennifer deWinter, email@example.com).
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