CFP: [General] Gaming Theory and Culture (10/31/08; ICFA, 3/18/09 â 3/22/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Barbara Lucas
contact email: 
barbedwriting@yahoo.com

Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Gaming Theory and
Culture for the 30th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in
the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 30 is on time and the fantastic, and while papers
relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to
this call will be considered. The conference will be held in Orlando,
Florida, from March 18 - 22, 2009 at the Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel.
For more information and updates about the conference, please visit
www.iafa.org.

Your proposal should focus on games based on fantasy or science fiction,
or horror premises, including (but not limited to) media tie-ins, for any
electronic platform as well as online games (even ones that are mostly
text based, e.g., MUSHes, etc.). table-top games, card games, pen-and-
paper games.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

Virtual environments and bodies
Gaming communities
Avatars
Performance
Role-playing
Narrative structure and strategy
Online gaming
The economics of gaming
Game-specific language, how communication evolves for and out of the
medium
Immersion
Gaming psychology
Differences in gamer engagement with game based on medium (e.g., table
top, visual online, textual online, etc.)
Games and learning
Game genres and series
Representations of self/identity in online games, MUSHes, etc.
Gender and sexuality in games/gaming

If you are interesting in submitting a paper, proposals should include a
500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the project's
scholarly or theoretical context. Be sure to include current/working
contact information (snailmail AND email addresses). Also note whether
your presentation would require audio-visual equipment. Please email
proposals as rich text (.rtf), PDF (.pdf), or Word document (.doc)
formats. If you use Word 2007, please save your document as a .doc file,
not a .docx file.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Barbara Lucas, Division Head
Community and Culture in the Fantastic Division
barbedwriting_at_yahoo.com

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2008. However, proposals
will be reviewed and accepted as they are received.

We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent
scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than
English, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

You can review all conference information at the IAFA website:
www.iafa.org. Bookmark the site so you can check for updates. For
information and updates specific to the Community and Culture Division,
visit http://community.livejournal.com/ccfantastic/.

Please feel free to forward this call to other listservs and individuals
who might be interested.

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