Call for Papers – Last Symposium Standing: Interdisciplinary Symposium on Survival Media

Last Symposium Standing: Interdisciplinary Symposium on Survival Media

April 30 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Since the early 2000s, a wide range of ‘survival’ media has been created, watched, played and explored. Alongside the rise in the production of survival media, this popularity is also evidenced by the prevalence of survival narratives in more traditionally established genres such as horror, disaster and thrillers. From reality TV shows like ‘Survivor’ to video games such as The Long Dark, from advertising to films such as ‘Trapped’ and ‘127 Hours’, this symposium explores what can be learnt from examining these narratives which foreground human survival. What does the popularity of survival narratives in contemporary media tell us about the realities and concerns of individual and collective survival across the world? Positioning survival media as a 21st century global phenomenon, how can we understand the challenges of our survival in the contemporary world such as climate change by exploring the landscapes and terrains imagined by survival media?

This symposium aims to engage with these questions and bring together all who are who working on survival media across the disciplines. Inviting works on survival films, reality and fictional television, literature, video games, advertising, all work will be shared in a day-long event on April 30th 2019 hosted by the Department of Film Studies, University of St Andrews. We invite conference-style papers of 20 minutes, more informal 5 minute interventions and debates, and other more experimental presentations of both academic and practice-based work. There will also be a survival media-themed activity followed by a plenary Q&A. The symposium is designed to facilitate discussion on this engaging topic, aid inter-disciplinary PG networking and provoke new questions on the notion of ‘survival’. ​

We invite papers (short and long) and other presentations of work on the following topics, and others:

Spaces of survival and world creation​

Narratives of survival​

Transnational media and survival​

Survival as an inter-disciplinary topic​

Aesthetics of survival​

Transmedial survival​

Politics and ideology of survival​

The ‘surviving’ body​

Gender and identity in survival​

Proposals of no more than 250 words and a 50 word bio should be sent no later than February 15th 2019 to: ​

Cassice Last- cl225@st-andrews.ac.uk

Shruti Narayanswamy- sn52@st-andrews.ac.uk ​

There are a few travel bursaries available for PG students and ECRs which will be assigned by a lottery system. 

This symposium is brought to you with financial support from the St Leonard’s Doctoral and Postgraduate College Community Fund, the University of St Andrews CAPOD GRADskills Innovation Grant / PG Conference Fund and the BAFTSS Event Grant Scheme.​

Call for papers: Beyond the Console: Gender and Narrative Games

Beyond the Console: Gender and Narrative Games

8 / 9 February 2019, at the V&A and London South Bank University, UK

Call for Papers

The conference invites submissions from a broad range of disciplines, and is particularly interested in fostering links between research scholarship, game making, and curation. We are interested in paper proposals (including theoretical and methodological proposals, comparative studies, and case studies), as well as creative research demonstrations from scholars, art practitioners, curators and gamemakers. Possible areas for consideration might include, but are not limited to:

· ‘The personal game’: subjectivity and game authorship
· Gender (re-)activism: social media, authoring tools, crowdsourcing
· Language, gender, programming: translation, procedural narratives
· Gender through immersive live action role play (LARP) games
· Gender in interactive performance
· Radical reappraisals of game genres
· The state of ontological play: who plays who, what, where and how

The conference will include a live keynote game by Porpentine, introduced and chaired by Emily Short, hosted by the V&A Museum. The keynote speaker is the interactive artist and scholar Hannah Wood.

Proposals

Proposals (20 minute length for papers; 10 minutes for demonstrations and provocations) should include a title, an abstract of max. 300 words, and a brief biography.

The proposal deadline is 26 November 2018.
Please address proposals to: digitalstorymakingresearch@gmail.com

Conference Organiser: Dr Karlien van den Beukel, Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University

EUROPE AND BEYOND: BOUNDARIES, BARRIERS AND BELONGING

EUROPE AND BEYOND: BOUNDARIES, BARRIERS AND BELONGING
14th ESA Conference, 20-23 August 2019 to be held in Manchester / UK

It has a number of research streams that may be of interest to our members:

including:
RS01 – Gaming at the Boundaries: Imagining Inclusive Futures
RS07 – Platform Work: Needs, Activation and Representativeness in the Era of Digital Labour

Abstract submission deadline – 1 February 2019

For more information: https://www.europeansociology.org/about-esa-2019

CFP – DIGRA 2019 KYOTO JAPAN – Game, Play and the Emerging Ludo Mix

DiGRA 2019 
Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan
August 6-10, 2019

Call for Papers
‘Game, Play and the Emerging Ludo Mix’

 

Media mix (wasei-eigo, メディアミックス or ‘media mikkusu’) bears a particular meaning in Japanese popular culture originating from anime production and consumption in the 1960s. Similarly to cross-media, media convergence, and transmediality, it refers to ways of presenting, representing, and sharing content on different platforms and media allowing dynamic communication between them. Media mix is best seen as a commercial approach as it was conceived to improve advertising strategies through heavy reliance on characters. Of particular importance for media mix are Intellectual Properties that link together various media products and entertainment services across technologies and platforms from TV to toys and game arcades. Its anime origins also bring along a range of analogue formats and outlets as parts of media mix. Conventionally, digital games are seen as one of these possible outlets.

In DiGRA 2019, we invite contributors to consider the possibility of ‘ludo mix’ where games and play increasingly occupy the focal point of such a diversified distribution and consumption model. Ludo mixes may include several versions of a game or several different games together with other content thus resulting in novel media ecologies, business models, and development and consumption cultures.

More details here – http://www.digra2019.org/call-for-paper/

British Digra 2018 – deadline extension – Now April 3rd 2018

The team at British Digra, being hosted this year at Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent have been so busy planning we’ve only just noticed our call for papers deadline (http://bdigra.org.uk/events) falls in the Easter Bank Holiday –  With this in mind the team have decided to extend it until midnight on Tuesday April 3rd 2018.

Full details of submission specifics & paper template can be found here – http://bdigra.org.uk/events

We’re looking for submissions of the following types:

  • Full papers, of 5000 – 7000 words, to be presented as papers in a panel session.
  • Abstracts of 500 words, to be presented in a series of quickfire round table sessions.
  • Discussion panels – to be submitted as precis of approx 500 – 1000 words underlining core objectives and aims.
  • Workshops to last approx half a day – to be submitted as precis of approx 500 – 1000 words underlining core objectives and aims.

Any questions please direct them to BritishDigra@gmail.com

Gaming and the Arts of Storytelling

9:00-18:00 9th May 2018 – Abertay University, Dundee, UK.

The relationship between narrative and games has been contentious across popular, academic and developer discussions. If we shift the critical question to the closely related term ‘storytelling’, what new perspectives arise? This symposium brings together scholars specialising in literature, museology, comics, videogames, cinema, history, artificial intelligence, fine arts and other fields to examine contemporary storytelling through the lens of gaming.

Keynote: Professor Espen Aarseth (ITU Copenhagen).

Full CFP (deadline passed): https://www.academia.edu/35805174/Gaming_and_Storytelling

Thanks to Abertay University’s School of Design and Informatics for generous support of this symposium.

CfP – GAME‐ON’2018

Conference Aim

The aim of the 19th annual European GAME-ON® Conference (GAME-ON®‘2018) on Simulation and AI in Computer Games, is to bring together researchers and games developers in order to exchange ideas on programming and programming techniques, which will be beneficial to the gaming industry and academia. Secondly it aims to steer young people into this industry by providing how-to tutorials and giving them the opportunity to show their ideas and demos to the gaming industry. The conference will concentrate mostly on the programming of games, with special emphasis on simulation, AI and fuzzy sets, and physics related computer graphics. Next to that, all of this will be fused in the topic of computer game design in stand-alone and networked games. Software providers will be able to show their latest packages and give hand-on tutorials for the participants.

Companies will also have the opportunity to seek new talent at this unique event.

GAME-ON®‘2018 consists of five core tracks, which cover, Gaming Methodology, Game Theory, Gamification, Artificial Intelligence and Simulation, while the other tracks cover peripheral technologies closely linked to games design, like 3-D scalability, facial and skeletal animation, 3D in-game animation etc, Mobile Gaming and Gaming Applications such as Serious games and Gamification in different sectors; Organizational issues when implementing games; Designing games for learning; Technologies, tools and platforms for developing games for learning; Games to teach arts, science, or business; Social and collaborative aspects of game-based learning; Multi-modalaspects of game-based learning (e.g. audio, augmented reality, virtual reality, etc); Motivational aspects of game-based learning.

Details of the ocnference are here – https://www.eurosis.org/conf/gameon/2018/index.html

CFP – British DiGRA 2018

The second annual conference of British DiGRA.

14th – 15th June 2018

Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent

CFP is here – http://bdigra.org.uk/events

We actively encourage early scholars and PhD candidates, as well as more established voices.

Submissions should consider, but not be restricted to, the following topics in this light:

  • Revisiting Games as Inter/Multidisciplinary subject
  • Gaming as Media
  • Representation in Games
  • Playfulness and the Medium of Games (Why/Not so Serious…?)
  • Building games
  • Pedagogical practice and gaming
  • Game design/development/theory – the un/holy? trinity
  • Changes in gaming culture
  • After the Storm (post gamergate theory)
  • Games production as critical medium
  • eSports theory

We welcome a range of submission types – full details here – http://bdigra.org.uk/events

Please submit work to BritishDigra@gmail.com by 31st March 2018.

Acceptance of papers 14th April 2018

We have decided to charge a small attendance fee of £25 to cover costs. Any surplus funding will be carried over to future BDiGRA events. An eventbrite with details of this will be forthcoming.

We Make Stuff: Play and Multiplatform

We Make Stuff: Play and Multiplatform

Tuesday 6 February, 2018
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Burdall’s Yard, 7A Anglo Terrace, Avon, Bath, BA1 5NH

How can we utilise gaming and multiplatform strategies to create new digital methodologies for narrating the journeys of place and community?

Exploring how rich digital methods can be fathomed out of apps, gaming and multiplatform media to tell the personal stories of community and sense of place, We Make Stuff: Play and Multiplatform is a collaboration with Create Studios, an award-winning hub of digital creatives, and is the third in the Media Convergence Research Centre’s public engagement event series.

The event will consist of presentations delving into different ways in which playable media – such as gaming and apps – and transmedia storytelling can be used to empower communities in different contexts, spanning education in Latin America, the UK’s political groups, and questions of public place in Lancaster.

Presentations will be followed by a Q&A discussion panel.

Details on presentations and booking a place here – https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/play-and-multiplatform/

8th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning

Call for Participation: 8th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning
The Irish Conference on Game Based Learning (iGBL), formerly the Irish Symposium on Game-Based Learning, now in its eight year, will be hosted in Cork (Ireland) on 28th and 29th June 2018.

This conference provides a forum for all stakeholders interested in exchanging ideas, projects, and best practices on the use of games and game-based approaches to support motivation, learning, and change.
Researchers will be able to present and share their latest findings.
Students will have an opportunity to present their research or showcase their games, and meet specialists in this field to obtain constructive feedback.
Instructors will have the opportunity to discover new game-based teaching approaches and share new game-based skills that they can integrate in their teaching.
Companies will be able to showcase their products and explain how these can be used in the context of learning and motivation.

Prospective presenters can submit their abstract through the online submission system.

We welcome abstracts from a wide range of stakeholders, including researchers, instructors, or students, who will have the opportunity to conduct workshops, present research results, or provide insights on how they managed to design or use games for educational or motivational purposes.

Important Dates

22nd of February: Final Abstract submission deadline.
22nd of March: Notification of abstract acceptance.
22nd of March: Successful research abstracts are invited to submit an extended version to be published in the International Journal of Game-Based Learning.
12th of April: Registration deadline for presenting authors.
12th of April: Submission of extended abstracts (i.e., research papers).
22nd of April: Notification of acceptance of extended papers.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts.

The iGBL2018 committee.


For more information on iGBL2018, please email us at: igblconference@gmail.com or visit the official website (http://igbl-conference.com).