[Air-L] CFP || Global Media and China_Special Issue_Games, Play and Fictional/Virtual Worlds in China

Xiao Han kilou.xiao.han at gmail.com
Mon Jun 19 01:27:30 PDT 2023

Dear All,

*Global Media and China CFP *
(Follow us at: https://twitter.com/GCHjournal)


*Special Issue: Games, Play and Fictional/Virtual Worlds in China*

*Guest Editor: Dino Ge Zhang*, Visiting Assistant Professor of School of
Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. *dino.zhang at cityu.edu.hk
<dino.zhang at cityu.edu.hk>*

*Time Schedule*

31 July 2023, deadline for submitting abstracts;

20 August 2023, sending invitations to submit to authors;

20 February 2024, full paper submission;

20 May 2024, peer review reports sent to authors;

20 July 2024, final paper submission to Global Media and China.


Please submit the abstract to *dino.zhang at cityu.edu.hk
<dino.zhang at cityu.edu.hk>*


This special issue of Global Media and China broadly speaking investigates
the emergent and historical ludic practices, playthings, and virtual or
fictional worlds in contemporary China. The special issue is first and
foremost grounded in previous scholarly work in the fields of media and
games studies—for instance, the political, cultural and socioeconomic
history of PC-based MMOGs and Esports (Zhang, 2013; Zhang & Fung 2014;
Szablewicz 2016; Chew 2019; for more recent rise of mobile games, see Adams
2022) as well as an intellectual history of Chinese game studies (Inwood
2022; Liboriussen & Martin 2016). However, the issue is especially
inclusive towards newer or marginal hardware from mobile to handheld to
retro consoles, software from pirate to indie to platforms, play forms from
tabletop games to VR games, and emergent (sub)cultures and underground
gaming communities, as well as alternative histories of play and games
(e.g. gaming histories predates the rise of MMOs in the early 2000s), and
fictional practices of worldbuilding in digital/online as well as
physical/in-real-life (IRL) games in China from the metaverse to LARP (Live
Action Role Playing) games.

Following the exemplary efforts by Marc Steinberg (2017) in representing
media theory in Japan, this special issue is set against the universalist
impulse of game studies and media theory. We encourage meticulous case
studies from local and regional contexts, theories and history of play,
games and worldbuilding situated and emergent in China’s own media ecology,
and intellectual reflections or criticisms from anywhere in between. The
issue therefore welcomes a broad range of contributions, exploring both
historical and new play practices, digital and IRL fictional/virtual worlds
from the perspectives of the industry, intellectual/artistic practices, and
player communities.

The topics include but not limited to:

- Intellectual history of Chinese-language game studies including game

- play practices, literary experiments and contemporary art

- Local game histories from pirate hardware, console hacking, to

- Indie games and games development in domestic and international markets

- Chinese gaming platforms including both hardware and software

- AR/VR games in China

- Metaverse and Worldbuilding in China

- Impact of mobile games on everyday life

- Localisation of tabletop and board game cultures

- National and regional Esports cultures

- Let’s Play videos, Vtubers, and videogame livestreams

- Gender politics in gaming, but not limited to digital games

- Fictional worldbuilding and fantasy worlds in LARP (Live Action Role
Playing) such as Jubensha


Adams, M. (2022). Tech Otakus Save the World?. British Journal of Chinese
Studies, 12(2), 188-208.

Chew, M. M. (2019). A Critical Cultural History of Online Games in China,
1995–2015. Games and Culture, 14(3), 195–215.

Inwood, H. (2022). Towards Sinophone Game Studies. British Journal of
Chinese Studies, 12(2), 1-10.

Liboriussen, B., & Martin, P. (2016). Special Issue: Games and Gaming in
China. Games and Culture, 11(3), 227–232.

Steinberg, M. (2017). Media Theory in Japan. Duke University Press. s

Szablewicz, M. (2016). A Realm of Mere Representation? ‘“Live”’ E-Sports
Spectacles and the Crafting of China’s Digital Gaming Image. Games and
Culture, 11(3), 256–274.

Zhang, L. (2013). Productive vs. Pathological: The Contested Space of Video
Games in Post-Reform China (1980s – 2012). International Journal of
Communication, 7, 2391–2411.

Zhang, L., & Fung, A. (2013). Working as playing? Consumer labor, guild and
the secondary industry of online gaming in China. New Media & Society,
16(1), 38–54.

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