Call: Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area at Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) 2019 Conference

Call for Papers:

Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area
40th Annual Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference
February 20-23, 2019
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
http://www.southwestpca.org

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2018

The Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area invites papers, panels, and other proposals on games (digital and otherwise) and their study and development. 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). Unusual formats, technologies, and the like are encouraged.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

Possible topics include (but are in no way limited to):

  • Advertising (both in-game and out)
  • Archiving and artifactual preservation
  • Design and development
  • Economic and industrial histories and studies
  • Educational games and their pedagogies
  • E-Sports and competitive gaming
  • Fan studies
  • Foreign language games and culture
  • Game art/game-based art (including game sound)
  • Game development education
  • Game engines and entertainment
  • Game genres/types
  • Game streaming
  • Games and health
  • Gender and sexual identity
  • Haptics and interface studies
  • Hardware/platforms
  • Histories of games
  • Industry studies
  • International/non-US game studies
  • Localization
  • MOGs, MMOGs, and other forms of online/networked gaming
  • Performance
  • Pornographic games
  • Religion and games
  • Representations of race and gender
  • Representations of space and place
  • The rhetoric of games and game systems
  • Serious games
  • Table-top games and gaming
  • Technological, aesthetic, economic, and ideological convergence
  • Theories of play
  • Transmedia and games
  • Wireless and mobile gaming

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at
http://register.southwestpca.org/southwestpca

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at
http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/

Individual proposals for 15 minute presentations must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged but not required. For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2019. For more information, visit
http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at
http://southwestpca.org/conference/conference-registration-information/

In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org/

AREA

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 was established in 2005 as a division of the Computer Culture Area, and became a standalone area in 2010. In addition to organizing conference panels, roundtables, and workshops, the Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area offers formal and informal mentoring, organizes outings, and hosts evening social events.

Chair: Judd Ruggill (jruggill@email.arizona.edu)
Research Coordinator: Jennifer deWinter (jdewinter@wpi.edu)
Social Media Coordinator: Michael Anthony DeAnda (mdeanda@hawk.iit.edu)
Special Events Coordinator: Ryan Moeller (rylish.moeller@usu.edu)

Twitter: @GSCPP
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SWPACAGSCPP/?fref=ts
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/530279593820117/

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