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Call for papers : International conference “Games & Literature – On the literaricity, research, collection, and archiving of computer games” (German Literature Archive Marbach)

International interdisciplinary conference “Games & Literature. On the literaricity, research, collection, and archiving of computer games”

28–30 June 2023

German Literature Archive Marbach (DLA)

Deadline for proposals : January 31, 2023

Organized by Birgit Wollgarten and Marie Limbourg

In cooperation with: European Federation of Game Archives, Museums and Preservation Projects (EFGAMP e.V.), DIGAREC – Digital Games Research Center of the University of Potsdam, the Computer Games Museum Berlin, and the Foundation for Digital Games Culture

Call for papers

DLA Marbach and Computer Games

In addition to collecting literature in its commonly understood forms, the German Literature Archive Marbach (DLA) also archives and collects computer games as a medial form of literature. The aim of the DLA in doing so is to engage with literature in all its mediality. The substantive reasons for this decision are numerous, but, fundamentally, computer games have long been part of our cultural memory, which must be archived appropriately and examined in relation to established cultural forms. The fact that computer games are discussed in the feature pages of the major daily newspapers, that the German Federal Government awards the German Computer Game Prize, and that computer games are officially recognized as a cultural asset by the Cultural Council is due, among other things, to the work of museums such as the New York Museum of Modern Arts, the Computer Game Museum Berlin, and the Karlsruhe Centre for Art and Media (ZKM).

As an archive for literature, the DLA has been dealing with hybrid forms of literature for some years now, for literature is not only created and produced between two book covers, but also on the computer, as “born-digital” literature. Within the framework of the “Netzliteratur” project (2013–2017), the DLA has done pioneering work on the systematic analysis and documentation of the creation, playback, performance and mirroring environment of games in line with defined standards. This work is being continued in various projects at the DLA, but a larger international, interdisciplinary conference is needed to further discuss and advance these endeavours with regard to questions of collection and archiving as well as research. To this end, we invite literary scholars, archivists, librarians, as well as researchers in Games Studies, Media and Communication Studies, and game designers to Marbach.

The “literaricity” of computer games and the collection mandate of a literature archive

The planned conference will encompass various aspects of researching literature and computer games, as well as collecting, archiving, and exhibiting them.

Although the intersections, as well as the differences, between literature and computer games have frequently been addressed in the last two to three decades, a systemization of these approaches and a research-led development of a catalogue of criteria for a kind of “literacity” of computer games have only rarely been attempted. Thus, one of the questions to be asked in the context of this conference is which relevance criteria are to be given special consideration in a computer game collection in a literature archive. For just as not every book is relevant to the collection mandate of the DLA, not every computer game will be included in the collection. For this special collection in the DLA, an interdisciplinary research discussion is still needed to define collection criteria. First significant selection criteria – which are, however, yet to be discussed further – are, for example, the special handling of text and language in a game, in a broader sense than simply through literary objects (such as diaries, manuscripts, libraries, etc.) in the game. Furthermore, we do not wish to ask (as has become the practice in Game Studies) whether computer games are narrative, but rather in what way they are so. In addition to adaptations of literary works, games with reception traces that can be linked to authors and literary works certainly belong in a literature archive.

Subsequently, the criteria according to which computer games are classified must be clarified, as must the metadata used to list them in the library catalogue. A further challenge is the selection of the accompanying material that is to be archived alongside the game to which it is connected. Possibly there is a game developer’s private library, equivalent to an author’s private library, that needs to be consulted by researchers. And what forms of reception of computer games should the archive and library at the DLA take into account? Numerous activities of gaming culture seem relevant here, for example the staging of a computer game in a Let’s Play; the players and their interaction with and reception of computer games must, with greater urgency, become the subject of research and archives. But even the digital archive has its limits – the goal is never the ‘total archive’ – yet it remains to be determined how social media, for example, is to be collected and archived.

The analysis instruments

But what definition of text can we use, as a literature archive, with which to approach computer games? The media shift in literature not only calls the concept of text and literature into question, it also repeatedly demands that analytical methods and instruments be expanded and revised. How can computer games be adequately described in such contexts? It is often not enough simply to ‘apply’ established literary terms to computer games – when the aim is to describe computer games in their status as literary forms. These considerations are preceded by the question of what the specific literary narrative of computer games looks like.

The technologies of archiving and accessibility

In addition to these questions of content, the technical preservation of games and archiving strategies also currently pose challenges. For example, how do we deal with obsolete hardware and software? How can the interaction with recipients, players, be guaranteed at a technical and a curatorial level? How can and should computer games be stored for research in the long term? And finally, institutions are faced with various legal problems: For example, which licences for software and operating systems are to be obtained?

Key topics

We invite researchers at all career stages to submit contributions. Based on the key topics outlined above, contributions in the following areas are of particular interest:

  1. Before computer games: Playful and medial forms of literaricity / grey areas of narration
  2. Media shift: Book and game
  3. Storytelling – Text – Code. Narrative techniques in computer games
  4. Describing, researching, and exhibiting computer games as an aesthetic experience
  5. Collecting and archiving software objects

We are pleased to welcome our keynote speakers Espen Aarseth, Réne Bauer, Astrid Ensslin and Beat Suter. In addition, Lena Falkenhagen will moderate the Game Culture Quartet (organized by the Foundation for Digital Games Culture) at the DLA Marbach.

Short abstracts (300 words in German or English) for 30-minute papers should be submitted together with a brief CV and a selected publications list by 31 January 2023.

● Please submit your abstract and CV by uploading them to this portal.

● The conference will be conducted in English.

● Accommodation and travel costs will be reimbursed.

Concept

Dîlan Canan Çakir – Research Associate MWW – German Literature Archive Marbach

Anna Kinder – Head of Research – German Literature Archive Marbach

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Call for papers: Second International Conference of Video Game Studies: “Video Games as a Challenge to Academia – 50 Years of the Gaming Industry” (Novi Sad, Serbia)

Second International Conference of Video Game Studies: “Video Games as a Challenge to Academia – 50 Years of the Gaming Industry”

December 10th-11th 2022

Novi Sad, Serbia

Deadline for proposals: October 10th, 2022

Organized by the University of Novi Sad, Academy of Arts, the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology, and the Serbian Games Association (SGA)

Call for papers

Exactly fifty years ago, in 1972, Magnavox came out with the first home gaming console, designed by Ralph Baer. That same year, Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari, the first game development company. Atari achieved immense success with Pong, a game that inspired many to try their luck at the game development business, first in the US, then in Japan and Europe, and finally across the globe. These events mark the birth of the largest media industry in existence today. In honour of this anniversary, the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, in cooperation with the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology, and the Serbian Games Association (SGA), are organising the second international conference dedicated to the study of video games in Serbia, Video Games as a Challenge to Academia: 50 Years of the Gaming Industry.

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Appel à communications : Journée d’étude de l’AREFE – “Le débat sur les sports électroniques, et après ? Vers une analyse des liens entre les mondes des sports et des jeux vidéo” (Campus Condorcet, Aubervilliers)

Journée d’étude de l’AREFE – “Le débat sur les sports électroniques, et après ? Vers une analyse des liens entre les mondes des sports et des jeux vidéo”

20-24 mars 2023

Centre des colloques, Campus Condorcet, Aubervilliers

Échéance des propositions : 04 novembre 2022

Organisé par Jason Delestre, Florian Lefebvre, Samuel Vansyngel et Nicolas Voisin

Résumé

Organisée par l’AREFE (Association pour la Recherche et les Études Francophones sur l’Esport), cette journée d’étude interdisciplinaire propose d’interroger les liens entre les mondes sportifs et du jeu vidéo (compétitif). Depuis l’émergence des premiers circuits de tournois professionnels de jeux vidéo dans les années 1990 aux championnats internationaux récents, les études ont mis en évidence de nombreux liens entre sports et sports électroniques. Mais ces relations font aussi l’objet de questionnements, voire de contestations. Loin de participer à un débat déjà largement traité publiquement ou dans la littérature scientifique (« l’esport est-il un sport ? » se demande-t-on souvent), cette journée interroge les différents enjeux liés à ces rapprochements, les intérêts et les limites que peut présenter le modèle sportif pour les sports électroniques et ses différents acteurs et actrices (et inversement), ou encore les implications théoriques et méthodologiques pour les chercheurs et chercheuses. Continuer la lecture de Appel à communications : Journée d’étude de l’AREFE – “Le débat sur les sports électroniques, et après ? Vers une analyse des liens entre les mondes des sports et des jeux vidéo” (Campus Condorcet, Aubervilliers)

Appel à contributions: Colloque “Le genre et la sexualité dans le jeu : jeux de rôles, imaginaires et possibles” (Université de Strasbourg)

Colloque “Le genre et la sexualité dans le jeu : jeux de rôles, imaginaires et possibles”

8 et 9 décembre 2022

Université de Strasbourg

Organisé par Laurence Schmoll, Valentine Royaux et Kim-Marlène Le – Université de Strasbourg 

Appel à contributions

Les années 2010 ont été marquées par des mouvements qui mettent en lumière le sexisme dans les industries culturelles et, plus généralement, dans la société, en témoignent  #GamerGate (2014) et #MeToo (2017). Depuis, le genre et la sexualité sont des sujets abordés de manière beaucoup plus frontale et explicite, attirant de plus en plus l‘attention du grand public. Dans le domaine vidéoludique, la question du genre atteint actuellement un niveau d’intérêt élevé, et ce, par le biais de trois prismes. Continuer la lecture de Appel à contributions: Colloque “Le genre et la sexualité dans le jeu : jeux de rôles, imaginaires et possibles” (Université de Strasbourg)

Appel à communications : Colloque international – Fiction et patrimoine : le jeu comme lieu de mémoire (Metz)

Colloque international : “Fiction et patrimoine : le jeu comme lieu de mémoire

17 et 18 novembre 2022

Île du Saulcy, Metz (57000)

Échéance des propositions : 15 juillet 2022 

Organisé par Lucas Friche, Enora Gabory, Mathilde Gourrat, Sébastien Genvo, Jenguiz Kanaani, Victor Meunier, Pierre Morelli

Texte de l’appel

À l’occasion de la nomination d’Esch-sur-Alzette deuxième ville du Luxembourg, l’Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA), la Direction régionale des Affaires culturelles du Grand Est (Drac) et le Centre de recherche sur les médiations (Crem) s’associent autour du projet Memories, Images & History Across Borders (Mihab) relatif au patrimoine historique et culturel de la région transfrontalière de l’Alzette.

Ce projet de colloque s’inscrit dans ce partenariat et pose la question de la transmission de la mémoire, en particulier lorsque cette mémoire est attachée à un territoire particulier, comme l’est le territoire transfrontalier de l’Alzette. Continuer la lecture de Appel à communications : Colloque international – Fiction et patrimoine : le jeu comme lieu de mémoire (Metz)

Journée d’étude: “La frontière vidéoludique : ce que le jeu vidéo fait au réel” (ERIAC, Université de Rouen)

Journée d’étude: “La frontière vidéoludique : ce que le jeu vidéo fait au réel”

9 juin 2022

Maison de l’Université | Salle de conférence | Mont-Saint-Aignan & Visioconférence

Organisé par Franck Varenne et Martin Buthaud

Présentation

Les expressions de « monde réel » ou de « réel », dans le champ des sciences du jeu, semblent impliquer une forte dichotomie entre plusieurs territoires qui s’excluraient mutuellement, alors que de nombreuses études ont montré que certaines dynamiques sociales, culturelles, idéologiques ou économiques étaient « importées » de nos sociétés dans les jeux vidéo et remettent ainsi en cause l’idée d’une étanchéité entre le réel et le jeu. Notre journée d’étude, intitulée « La frontière vidéoludique : ce que le jeu vidéo fait au réel », propose dès lors d’interroger la nature de cette frontière vidéoludique avec le réel, d’en préciser les contours et d’en questionner la pertinence. Nous porterons en particulier notre regard sur les incursions, importations et autres prescriptions d’origine extraterritoriale, à savoir sur les effets de la pratique vidéoludique sur le réel. Car comme pour n’importe quelle frontière, l’enjeu consiste notamment à se demander où se situent les points de passages, quelles sont les dynamiques transfrontalières, ce qui y transitent, sous quelles formes, et comment les territoires qu’elle sépare supposément interagissent en ce sens les uns avec les autres. De tels « effets » sont multiples et de natures différentes, de sorte qu’il demeure difficile de concevoir concrètement dans quelle mesure la pratique vidéoludique affecte le monde réel, nous-mêmes et notre rapport aux autres. Faut-il parler comme Schmoll (2010) d’une « contamination » de la réalité par le jeu ou d’un phénomène de « contagion » grâce aux processus de « ludicisation » (Genvo, 2013) qui émergeraient à partir d’une prétendue « confusion » entre le réel et le virtuel (Radillo & Virole, 2010) ? Que regroupent exactement de telles notions, et que disent-elles de notre rapport au réel par la médiation des jeux vidéo ? Dans quelle mesure les jeux vidéo ont-ils des effets sur notre compréhension ou nos représentations du monde réel, voire ont-ils le pouvoir de le transformer (McGonigal, 2012) ? Continuer la lecture de Journée d’étude: “La frontière vidéoludique : ce que le jeu vidéo fait au réel” (ERIAC, Université de Rouen)

CFP : Depictions of Power: Strategy and Management Games (Simon Dor, ed.)

“Depictions of Power: Strategy and Management Games”

Edited by Simon Dor

This call seeks chapters to be included in an edited book that would be titled Depictions of Power: Strategy and Management Games. Accepted proposals will be included in a submission for the collection “Approaches to Digital Game Studies” at Bloomsbury.

Deadline for proposals : August 15th, 2022

Full contributions expected by March 1st, 2023

“… one needs to comprehend how power operates, especially in games, for games are an artform of power and choice.”

Mary Flanagan (2019)

 

Call for papers

One could say that strategy and management games are the quintessential depictions of power. Rather than being centered on a single character, these games put the players in situations where they have power over other entities or other players. Moreover, narrative contextualization in the genre depicts the player as a leader, manager, governor, warden, general, or even as a god of some sort. As such, they take an implicit or explicit stance on power, through control, agency, identity, ownership, affiliation, or loyalty, for instance. Continuer la lecture de CFP : Depictions of Power: Strategy and Management Games (Simon Dor, ed.)

CFP: The Futures of Games and Game Studies (Eludamos, special issue)

“The Futures of Games and Game Studies”

Eludamos, special issue

Full paper submission deadline: September 1, 2022

Publication: December 2022/January 2023

Call for papers

The theme of the special issue is the Futures of Games and Game Studies.

During its around 20 years of existence, game studies has put computer games on the academic map. The field has provided a response to effect studies by demonstrating that games are social arenas of intrinsic value to the individuals that use them, and that they are cultural products able to comment on society in new ways. From a more practical perspective, technical oriented game studies has driven developments in artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

But where will game studies go in the future? What are the challenges that game studies will face as computer games mature and become a medium not only for entertainment but also for politics and activism? What will happen to games as technological developments take new and unforeseen directions? How can we as a scholarly community be able not only to respond to these rapid developments but also be able to define what games should be in the future? This special issue will be an attempt to illuminate potential avenues for the future of game studies. 

This special issue call is based on the Futures of Games and Game Studies symposium and doctoral consortium organized at the IT University of Copenhagen in April 2022. Participants who attended the event are encouraged to submit, but with this call we also invite submissions from the larger academic community. 

Important dates

Full paper submission deadline: September 1, 2022

Review results: October 15, 2022

Camera ready papers: Dec 1, 2022

Publication: December 2022/January 2023

Submission guidelines

Eludamos accepts submissions of up to 8.000 words, excluding references but including notes and tables. Please make sure your manuscript corresponds to the journal’s formal requirements regarding length, citation style, and so on. For full submission guidelines, see https://www.eludamos.org/index.php/eludamos/information/authors

About Eludamos

Eludamos is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the academic study of computer games and play. Eludamos publishes special issues, but will also accept unsolicited submissions relating to our aims and scope. See full description of Eludamos at https://eludamos.org/index.php/eludamos/about 

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Publication: Japanese Role-Playing Games – Genre, Representation, and Liminality in the JRPG (Edited by Rachael Hutchinson and Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon)

Rachael Hutchinson and Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon (eds.), Japanese Role-Playing Games – Genre, Representation, and Liminality in the JRPG, Lexington Books, 2022

Presentation

Japanese Role-playing Games: Genre, Representation, and Liminality in the JRPG examines the origins, boundaries, and transnational effects of the genre, addressing significant formal elements as well as narrative themes, character construction, and player involvement. Contributors from Japan, Europe, North America, and Australia employ a variety of theoretical approaches to analyze popular game series and individual titles, introducing an English-speaking audience to Japanese video game scholarship while also extending postcolonial and philosophical readings to the Japanese game text. In a three-pronged approach, the collection uses these analyses to look at genre, representation, and liminality, engaging with a multitude of concepts including stereotypes, intersectionality, and the political and social effects of JRPGs on players and industry conventions. Broadly, this collection considers JRPGs as networked systems, including evolved iterations of MMORPGs and card collecting “social games” for mobile devices. Scholars of media studies, game studies, Asian studies, and Japanese culture will find this book particularly useful.

Rachael Hutchinson is professor of Japanese studies at the University of Delaware.

Parution: “Youtube, Twitch et les autres” (Télévision, n° 13)

Télévision, n° 13, “Youtube, Twitch et les autres”, sous la direction de Marie-France Chambat-Houillon et Virginie Spies

Résumé

YouTube s’est imposé en quinze ans comme une plateforme incontournable parmi les médias classiques et les réseaux sociaux, mobilisant chaque mois plus de 2 milliards d’utilisateurs. Très vite, les amateurs comme les professionnels s’en sont emparé proposant une multitude de « chaînes ». Les frontières entre télévision et YouTube sont devenues poreuses, combinant présent et passé, actualité et archives. À côté de cette extension de la télévision, Twitch s’est affirmée comme le règne du direct et a instauré une proximité renforcée entre ses utilisateurs, créant une nouvelle figure, le streamer.
Ces dispositifs de médiation sont l’occasion d’interroger des formes énonciatives inédites tant du point de vue de la stratégie des acteurs et de leur discours que de celui des publics et de la réception.
L’accès aux contenus audiovisuels proposés par ces plateformes redessine les contours d’une télévision stabilisée dans ses usages, mais en transformation continuelle.

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