DiGRA 2013 Call for Papers

This was recently posted to DiGRA’s Gamesnetwork mailing list, please circulate:

The Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) announces the Call for Participation for DiGRA 2013, to be hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta Georgia. DiGRA 2013 will bring together a diverse international community of interdisciplinary researchers engaged in cutting edge research in the field of game studies.

Theme: DeFragging Game Studies

This year’s proposed theme is a playful linguistic remix of the terms “frag” and “defrag.” Defragging is the computer term for reducing file fragmentation. Fragging, derived from the military term for killing a superior officer of one’s own unit, has become video game parlance for the temporary killing of another player.

In the early game studies community, a good deal of fragging (in all three senses) took place between various camps, schools of thought and disciplines. This included discussions as to whether or not game studies should split into more discipline-centered communities; however, the overall trend has been to continue to grow our field as an “interdiscipline” that includes humanities, social sciences and psychology, computer science, design studies, and fine arts. Borrowing from the computer engineering term, the theme for DiGRA 2013 highlights this process of defragmenting, which both embraces and better articulates our diverse methods and perspectives while allowing the game studies research community to remain a coherent and unified whole.

DiGRA 2012 will take place immediately proceeding Dragon*Con, America’s largest multigenre fan convention. For more information, visit: http://www.dragoncon.org/

For more information, visit: http://dm.lmc.gatech.edu/digra2013/ or email digra2013@digra.org

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the University of Tampere, Finland.

3 thoughts on “DiGRA 2013 Call for Papers”

  1. The conference web pages include useful information, including the all-important DEADLINES:

    Nov 29, 2012:
    Call for Papers Announced

    Jan 21, 2013:
    Abstracts of 500 words or less, plus references, due for tracks, papers, posters, workshops and co-located conferences

    March 4, 2013:
    Notifications of acceptance sent

    March 4, 2013:
    Registration opens

    May 3, 2013:
    Full papers (tracks and co-located conferences) and review materials (panels and posters) due

    May 3, 2013:
    Author/early registration closes

    June 24, 2013:
    Committee feedback to authors

    July 8, 2013:
    Detailed conference schedule announced

    July 26, 2013:
    Final papers, panel and workshop outlines and posters due

    Aug 26, 2013:
    Conference begins

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