Exploring JRPG Virtual Worlds

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Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures (ISSN 1883-5953)

Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures is an international, open-access interdisciplinary journal, rigorously peer-reviewed and oriented toward advancing new perspectives and understandings of how thought, engagement, and the communication of meanings hinge upon human perception.

The journal encourages new dialogues in communication theory and research by publishing original scholarship from scholars within the international community that explores issues from the interpersonal to mass-marketed, regional to global, academic to corporate, among genders and across time. The journal welcomes innovative theoretical essays and research articles and aims to advance the progressive exchange of ideas.

Synaesthesia invites submissions for a special themed edition of the journal devoted to Japanese role-playing video games (JRPG's), entitled 'Exploring JRPG Virtual Worlds' (Vol. 2, no. 4).

Synaesthesia managing editors Dr. Christopher Melley and Dr. Daniel Broudy are pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffery Klaehn will be acting as lead editor on this special edition of the journal.

Possible themes/topics that may be explored include JRPG's within the context of social theory, representation, narrative, masculinity and femininity, race and ethnicity, inequality (social, political, economic), power, agency, identity, media, channels of distribution, Western RPG's, and fandom.

JRPG franchises that may be discussed include (but are not limited to) Dragon Warrior/Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, .hack, Persona, Shin Megami Tensei, Pokémon, Grandia, Suikoden, Skies of Arcadia, the SaGa series, Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, Breath of Fire, Wild Arms, Lunar, Eternal Sonata, The World Ends With You, Xenoblade Chronicles, Baten Kaitos, Phantasy Star, Star Ocean, and the Tales series.

All articles considered for publication will undergo a peer-review process.

Scholarly work accepted for publication with the online journal will receive subsequent consideration for publication within future collected volumes.

Submissions should be rigorous in scholarship yet accessible in style for audiences across a wide spectrum of disciplines.

Submissions lodged by e-mail should include a title, abstract, author's name, and institutional affiliation. Please include the proposed title of your paper in the subject line of your e-mail submission. If including images within the manuscript, please adhere to fair use policy and include relevant caption/copyright information. Manuscripts attached to e-mail submissions should be saved in the MSWord .doc(x) format.

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2014