CfP: Digital Studies Special Issue – ARGs in the Real World

Digital Studies / Le champ numérique (ISSN 1918-3666) is a refereed academic journal serving as a formal arena for scholarly activity and as an academic resource for researchers in the digital humanities. DS/CN is published by the Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN), a partner in the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO). DS/CN was founded for CSDH/SCHN at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria, in 2008 by Ray Siemens and Christian Vandendorpe.

It is the nature of ARGs that they place players in real world settings, working to find clues or solves puzzles. But the fictional scenarios envisioned for ARGs are not easy to contain, and the boundary between fictional and real spaces is constantly in tension.

How, then, are we to reconcile these two realms while still maintaining a fictional scenario for players to engage in and with? What are the ethical implications of ARGs in the real world? Furthermore, what role does censorship and safety play in the designing and implementing of these games?

We invite submissions of papers interrogating these issues, or any other similar issue pertaining to ARGs and their existence within public and private spaces.

Interested authors should contact the journal directly ( or email Kent Aardse at

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