[Air-L] Play Things - an interedisciplinary postgraduate conference on computer games

Adi Kuntsman adi_kuntsman at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 25 02:59:06 PDT 2009

November 4th 2009, the University of Manchester
to register, email gareth.j.crabtree at student.manchester.ac.uk 

Conference Programme
9:00 - 9:30: Registration (University Place 2.19)
9:30 - 10:15: Keynote - Graeme Kirkpatrick, University of Manchester (University Place 1.219)
10:15 - 10:30: Coffee break (University Place Café)
10:30 - 11:30: Play and Games - Chair Gareth Crabtree (University Place 1.219)
Sven Schmalfuß: Wrestling with the God of War. Performative Masculinity.
Paul Brown: A Love of Hyrule Sunsets: The Legend of Zelda and its Players.
11:30 - 11:45: Coffee break (University Place Café)
11:45 - 12:45: Theoretical Perspectives - Chair Gareth Crabtree (University Place 1.219)
Ashley Brown: Huizinga’s concept of a ‘magic circle’ of gaming applied to a massive
multiplayer context.
Dan Dixon: Apollo and Dionysus at Play.
1:00 - 2:00: Lunch (The Ducie Arms)
2:00 - 3:00: Literary Representations - Chair Elizabeth Burgess (University Place 1.219)
Andrew Henlich: The Shadows of History: The Narrative of Play(ing) in William Kentridge’s
Black Box/Chambre Noir.
Irene Huhulea: Developing Identity through Play in Internet Fan Communities.
3:00 - 3:15: Coffee break (University Place Café)
3:15 - 4:45: Mapping and Online Worlds - Chair Elizabeth Burgess (University Place 1.219)
Sybille Lammes: Playing the Map: Digital Cartographies and the Making of Stories.
Larne Juel Laessen : A tentative study of World of Warcraft’s Addictiveness.
Esther MacCallum-Stewart: The Retired Pirates - How Groups Reconfigure Games Worlds, and
How Designers Let Them.
5:00 - 6:00 Wine Reception (University Place 2.19)
The reception will be followed by dinner in Manchester city centre.


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