(dis)junctions - April 11+12 - Video Game Studies

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Video Game Studies

Video games have had a fraught relationship with the academy and the broader world, often signifying as irreverent texts. This panel invites papers that wish to look at video games as texts or cultural metaphors that offer lenses through which to analyze topics including, but not limited to, environmentalism, queer politics, racial identity, gender identifications, and formations of identity within historical contexts. The panel invites papers analyzing specific video games as texts or texts that use video games as objects or structuring metaphors in order to theorize the function of virtual worlds and their relevance to other fields of research. The goal, then, is to offer new ways of viewing video games and of analyzing the narrative and ludic potentialities of video game play. Papers that wish to look at pedagogical uses of video games are also welcome.

The theme of 21st annual (dis)junctions conference, hosted by UC Riverside, is "irreverent readings," featuring keynote speakers Virginia Jackson (UC Irvine) and Constance Penley (UC Santa Barbara). Abstracts of 250 to 300 words should be submitted via the form at www.disjunctions2014.org by February 10th, 2014.