Call: Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice at SW Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations conference

Call for Papers: Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area
Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations (SW/TX PCA/ACA) Joint Conference
April 20-23, 2011 San Antonio, TX

The Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area of the SW/TX PCA/ACA welcomes paper, panel, and other proposals on games (digital and otherwise) and their study and development.

 Possible areas include (but are not limited to): 

  • Alternative reality games
  • Archiving and artifactual preservation
  • Competitive/clan gaming
  • Design and development
  • Economic and industrial histories and studies
  • Educational games and their pedagogies
  • Foreign language games and culture
  • Advertising (both in-game and out)
  • Game art/game-based art
  • Haptics and interface studies
  • Localization
  • Machinima
  • 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
  • Strategy games
  • 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 embedded in the body of an email. Include contact information (e.g., postal and preferred email address, phone and fax numbers, etc.) and a biographical note about your connection to the topic.

For panel and other proposals: Feel free to query first. Panel and other proposals should include all of the information requested for individual paper proposals, 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.

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.

Please submit proposals to Judd Ruggill (jruggill@asu.edu), Area Chair, by 12/15/2010. Information on the SW/TX PCA/ACA and its conference can be found at: http://swtxpca.org.

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