[Air-L] DiGRA Nordic 2012 Call for Papers (updates)

Frans Mäyrä frans.mayra at uta.fi
Mon Jan 23 05:32:33 PST 2012


DiGRA Nordic 2012 – “Local and Global: Games in Culture and Society”
6-8 June 2012, Tampere, Finland

- Updates! We can now announce all four conference keynote names – note also
the updates to submission and registration information (below):

* Nick Montfort is associate professor of digital media at MIT and president
of the Electronic Literature Organization. He develops text generators and
interactive fiction and has participated in dozens of literary and academic
collaborations. Montfort co-edited The New Media Reader and The Electronic
Literature Collection Volume 1 and wrote Twisty Little Passages: An Approach
to Interactive Fiction, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System
(with Ian Bogost), and Riddle & Bind. His next book, 10 PRINT
CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, is a collaboration with nine other authors
about a one-line Commodore 64 BASIC program.
* Kristine Jørgensen is associate professor in media studies at the
University of Bergen. She has published articles on game sound, the user
interface in games, the player role, games research methods, the Norwegian
game industry, and game narratives. She is the author of A Comprehensive
Study of Sound in Computer Games, and is currently writing a book on game
user interfaces.
* Espen Aarseth is principal researcher at the Center for Computer Games
Research, IT University of Copenhagen, and adjunct professor at the
Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. He is also
co-founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Game Studies, founder of the
Digital Arts and Culture conference series, and co-founder of the Philosophy
of Computer Games conference series, and author of Cybertext: Perspectives
on Ergodic Literature (Johns Hopkins UP 1997), a comparative media theory of
games and other aesthetic forms.
* Minna Ruckenstein is a Senior Researcher at the Finnish National Consumer
Research Centre in Helsinki and the President of the Finnish Anthropological
Society. Her ethnographic research has focused on children’s uses of virtual
pets and virtual worlds. Recent articles contribute to the study of
childhood from the perspectives of money, value creation and innovation.
Published books include co-edited Rahan kulttuuri [The Culture of Money]
(2009) and co-written Forget Innovation (2011). In 2011 she received the
ITRA/BTHA and Brio prizes.
* Also: the updated conference submission template is based on the DiGRA
2011 format – you can download the paper template from here:
http://digra-nordic2012.org/submission/
* Registration information is available from here:
http://digra-nordic2012.org/registration/

- Overview: The study of games, players and related phenomena has expanded
strongly both in its academic as well as in geographical range during the
last decade. The DiGRA Nordic 2012 conference aims bring together Nordic and
non-Nordic games researchers to discuss the cultural and social context of
games and play from multiple perspectives, including reflections of local
and global in game cultures. Year 2012 is the tenth anniversary of the
Tampere Computer Games and Digital Cultures (CGDC 2002) conference,
providing also an opportunity to reflect on the last decade of developments
in Nordic game studies, as well as its wider international scope. The
conference will be open to themes related to non-digital, as well as digital
games and their different forms of play.

- Review process: the conference accepts full paper submissions, which will
be handled in anonymous peer review. There are Theme Chairs who oversee the
reviews in specific paper categories. There will be online publication of
accepted papers in the DiGRA Digital Library.

- Venue: The conference will take place in Tampere, Finland, and will be
jointly hosted by Universities of Tampere, Jyväskylä and Turku. The modern
facilities of the new Technopolis building and the University of Tampere
campus provide the venue for plenary keynote sessions and paper sessions in
parallel rooms. There will be also social and other program available during
the event.

- Suggested themes and Theme Chairs: the conference has dedicated Theme
Chairs who head the selection submissions as the meta-reviewers for the key
themes in the conference:

* local/global in game cultures (Chair: Thorsten Quandt)
* historical perspectives into digital gaming (Chair: Melanie Swalwell)
* social player studies (Chair: Torill Mortensen)
* games industry (Chair: Mirva Peltoniemi)
* design of games (Chair: Annika Waern)
* gamification and gameful design (Chair: Sebastian Deterling)
* gambling vs. gaming studies (Chair: Pauliina Raento) – see also the
special workshop program
(http://digra-nordic2012.org/seminars-and-workshops/)
* games as art (Chair: Simon Niedenthal)
* critical approaches to game studies (Chair: Jonas Linderoth)
* games as media and communication (Chair: Marko Siitonen)
* other (the conference submissions are not limited to the above themes)

- Organisers: The conference will be hosted jointly by the Finnish DiGRA
chapter, coordinated by Dr Olli Sotamaa and the Creation of Game Cultures
research project, coordinated by professor Frans Mäyrä. Assisted by the
review board and local organising team, the main organisers are:

* Review Chair: professor Raine Koskimaa
* Program Chair: professor Jaakko Suominen
* Local Chair: professor Frans Mäyrä

- Dates:

* deadline for full papers, panels and alternative forms: 13 February 2012
* authors are informed of review: 2 April 2012
* final paper submission deadline: 7 May 2012
* conference dates: 6-8 June 2012

- Contact details: You can find more, up-to-date information in
http://digra-nordic2012.org. The email contact address for the organising
team is: digranordic2012 [at] gmail.com. For more information about other
Nordic DiGRA activities, go to: http://www.nordic-digra.org/

Welcome to Tampere!

  - Frans

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