UPDATE: [Graduate] 2008 Simon Fraser University Graduate Conference - Games We Play: Strategies of the Everyday

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Marc Acherman
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macherma@sfu.ca

2008 Simon Fraser University Graduate Conference

Games We Play:
Strategies of the Everyday

Dates: May 9th and 10th, 2008
Place: Vancouver, British Columbia
Website: www.sfu.ca/~gradconf

FINAL ABSTRACT DEADLINE: March 21st, 2008
Submit to: gradconf_at_sfu.ca

The 2008 SFU graduate conference will investigate how games—both as
practices of and metaphors for everyday life—“play” for, within or against
dominant ideological discourses. We are seeking papers from graduate
students that address one or more of the following questions:

* Do games have liberating potential or do they reproduce the structures of
power?
* How might studying the cultural representations of games and play
contribute to a better understanding of a particular moment in history?
* What productive combination, if any, can be made between theory, games
and the notion of play?
* How might games, play and the concepts attached to them come together
with the cultural, political and economic concerns of society to produce
new meanings?

Possible topics could include:

* Representations of sports and games in culture
* Relationship between play, work and capitalism
* Repetition, boredom and the suburban
* Narrative, poetic, cinematic and graphic form as play
* The culture of sports, video-games and board-games
* Arcades, fair grounds and shopping malls as public spaces of leisure/capital
* Festivals, feast-days and parades
* The Olympics
* Constructing gender and/or class through games
* The limits of reason and benefits/drawbacks of play and imagination
* Constructing production as pleasure
* Advertising and psychological mind-games
* Gambling, luck and chance
* Children and childhood play
* Technological transformation/enabling of leisure
* Irony, parody and laughter as strategic play

There will be two submission options:

Option 1: scholarly paper – please send abstracts of 250-300 words
Option 2: creative work – please send either 30 lines of poetry or a 300
word excerpt

Please send all submissions to gradconf_at_sfu.ca by March 21ST.
(Note that although we encourage creative submissions, preference will be
given to scholarly papers.)

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