[Air-L] CFP for Chapters for Collection on “Finding Religion in Digital Gaming”

Heidi Campbell hcampbe1 at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jun 29 12:42:38 PDT 2011

Chapters are being sought for an edited volume, which seeks to map the study of 
religion in relation to digital games and gaming environments. The book will 
focus on how video games can be read as religious texts, rituals or experiences, 
as well as investigations of religious narratives/themes employed in video games 
and the implications of video games created for religious markets. This book 
will fill an important gap in the field of game studies by providing an overview 
of current work in the study of religion and digital gaming, and highlight key 
questions emerging within this area of inquiry. 

Chapters in this collection should explore issues in one of the following areas:
(1)    Analysis of dominant narratives, characterizations or symbols appearing 
in religiously-themed games and their implications for our understanding of 
religious community, identity and/or authority.
(2)    Investigation of the extent to which popular, mainstream games rely on 
religious strategies, narratives and rituals in game playand implication this 
has for gamers and the gaming enterprise.
(3)    Critical reflection on the ways digital games and virtual world gaming 
environments facilitate religious-like ritual or encourage forms of implicit 
religion (by which secular activities, such as gaming, take on a sacred role or 
meaning for individuals) amongst players and gaming communities.
Chapters should also respond in some way to the book’s central research 
question: How do video/digital games inform or reform our understanding of 
religion within digital and gaming culture?
This book is aimed at Indiana University Press’s new Digital Gaming Series and 
is edited by Heidi Campbell, Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M 
University and Gregory Grieve, Associate Professor of Religion at University of 
North Carolina-Greensboro.
Prospective contributors are invited to submit their initial proposals (500-800 
word abstracts) and a biography statement highlighting previous research and 
writings to the editors by 10 August 2011.  Selected authors will be notified by 
early to mid September 2011. The intent is for invited chapters (of 6000-8000 
words) to be submitted to the editors by 15 December 2011. Please send abstracts 
and any questions to Heidi Campbell (heidic at tamu.edu).

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