CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Toys and Games (5/21/08; MPCA/MACA 10/3-10/5/08, Cincinnati, OH)

full name / name of organization: 
Mark Best
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The Toys and Games Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association
welcomes proposals for papers and presentations on toys and games for the
2008 Midwest Popular Culture Association & Midwest American Culture
Association conference, October 3-5, 2008, Cincinnati OH.

Possible topics include board games, home videogames and video arcade
games, gaming communities, MMORPGs, card games and CCGs, RPGs and LARPs,
alternate reality games, strategy games, traditional games like chess,
dolls and action figures, toy collecting, designer toys, licensed film
and television toys, vintage toys, folk toys, advertising premiums and
prizes, drinking games, game shows, party games, and so on. Possible
areas of inquiry or exploration include: videogame theory; the role of
toys and games in education and socialization; toys as art, toys and
games in literature, film, television, or other media; games and viral
marketing; toys in museums; the development of new media within the
gaming and entertainment industries; toys and gender; the folklore of
gaming; how toys create meaning.

Deadline for Submissions: May 21, 2008

Please send 150-word abstracts or proposals by e-mail to:
Mark Best
Department of English

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