CfP: Virtual Worlds Research Network Conference

The Virtual Worlds Research Network announces its inaugural conference to take place in Edinburgh, UK, May 16-18, 2012.

The Virtual Worlds Research Network is an initiative to increase knowledge-sharing among virtual worlds researchers. It is a free academic network for anyone using virtual worlds as either the subject of or platform for research. The inaugural conference marks the network’s official launch.

We invite participants to submit position papers reflecting their current or recent work in virtual world research. Postgraduate submissions are encouraged, as this is an ideal opportunity for discussion of ongoing work. Example topics include (but are not limited to): Artificial Intelligence, Arts & Culture, Economics, Governance, Design, Education, Marketing, Sociology, Psychology and Research Methodologies; however papers covering any aspect of virtual worlds research are welcome.

We are delighted to announce that the keynote address will be given by Dr Richard Bartle, University of Essex.

In the spirit of increased knowledge sharing, we would like to highlight the importance of cross-regional knowledge-sharing in the field. In accordance with this goal, and given the importance of Asian contexts to virtual world development and practice, we therefore also invite contributions that explore virtual world research in Asia.

Important Information:
Abstract submission: 250 words, no later than April 7th, 2012
Submit to:
Notification of Acceptance: April 15th, 2012
Conference Dates: May 16th-18th, 2012

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