CFP: [Computing-Internet] Game Studies Area of the 2009 PCA/ACA National Conference

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Gerald Voorhees
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2009 PCA/ACA National Conference

The Game Studies area of the Popular Culture Association and the American
Culture Association National Conference (formerly the Digital Games area)
invites proposals for papers and panels on games and game studies for the
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National
Conference to be held Wednesday, April 8, through Saturday, April 11,
2009, at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, New Orleans, LA.

The organizers seek proposals covering all aspects of gaming, gaming
culture and game studies. Proposals can address any game medium
(computer, social, console, tabletop, etc) and all theoretical and
methodological approaches are welcome.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

-representation or performance of race, class, gender and sexuality in

-gaming culture, game specific cultures, and multicultural and cross-
cultural issues

-game development, design, authorship and other industry issues

-game advertising, reviews, packaging, promotion, integrated marketing
and other commercial concerns

-political and legal entailments such as regulation, censorship,
intellectual property

-ludology, textual criticism, media ecology, narratology, etc as
paradigms for games studies

-player generated content in MUDs and MMORPGs, Mods, maps and machinima

-game genres, platforms, consoles, console wars and connections to other

-serious games for education, business, healthcare, (military) training,

-space and place in games, play spaces, virtual/physical communities,
mobile gaming and localization

-digital literacy, discourse practices, social norms and norming, the
politics of play

-public discourse/controversy over violence, militarism, sex,
criminality, racism, etc in games

So that there will be ample time for discussion, each individual paper
presentation should be designed to last approximately fifteen minutes
(there will be four presentations per session with time for Q&A).

For individual paper submissions, your 250-word (maximum) abstract must
be received by November 30, 2008. At the top of your proposal, please
include the title of the paper, your name (and the name of any co-
presenters), affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address. This
information will be used in the program and to mail your conference
materials. At the end of your abstract, please include a list of 3 to 5

The Game Studies area of the Popular Culture Association and the American
Culture Association National Conference also invites complete panel
submissions, which may take the form of debates, dialogs, roundtable
discussions, thematic panels, (or other format,) and be designed to last
approximately eighty minutes. For complete panel submissions, please
submit a 250-word panel abstract, as well as 100-word abstracts for each
individual presentation. Be sure to include the proposed title of the
panel, the organizer’s name, affiliation, mailing address, and email, and
include this information for all panelists. Panel submissions must be
received by November 30, 2008.

Technology for use during presentations may be limited. More information
about the conference can be found at

Please also note that presenters will be required to join either the
Popular Culture Association or the American Culture Association prior to
attending the conference, as well as pay a registration fee for the

Please email all paper and panel proposals to

Questions and concerns can be addressed to one of the area chairs listed

Katie Whitlock,
Theatre Department,
California State University, Chico

Gerald Voorhees,
Nido Qubien School of Communication,
High Point University

Joshua Call
Department of English,
University of Nebraska â€" Lincoln

Tony Avruch,
American Culture Studies Program,
Bowling Green State University

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