CfP: Nordic DiGRA 2012 – 6-8 June 2012, Tampere, Finland

DiGRA Nordic 2012 – “Local and Global: Games in Culture and Society”
6-8 June 2012, Tampere, Finland

The study of games, players and related phenomena has expanded strongly both in its academic as well as in geographical range during the last decade. The DiGRA Nordic 2012 conference aims bring together Nordic and non-Nordic games researchers to discuss the cultural and social context of games and play from multiple perspectives, including reflections of local and global in game cultures. Year 2012 is the tenth anniversary of the Tampere Computer Games and Digital Cultures (CGDC 2002) conference, providing also an opportunity to reflect on the last decade of developments in Nordic game studies, as well as its wider international scope. The conference will be open to themes related to non-digital, as well as digital games and their different forms of play.

– Review process: the conference accepts full paper submissions, which will be handled in anonymous peer review. There will be online publication of accepted papers in the DiGRA Digital Library.

– Venue: The conference will take place in Tampere, Finland, and will be jointly hosted by Universities of Tampere, Jyväskylä and Turku. The modern facilities of the new Technopolis building and the University of Tampere campus provide the venue for plenary keynote sessions and paper sessions in parallel rooms. There will be also social and other program available during the event, that will be announced later.

– Suggested themes: the conference is open to multiple approaches, including, but not limited to the following:
* local/global in game cultures
* historical perspectives into digital gaming
* social player studies
* games industry
* design of games
* gambling vs. gaming studies
* games as art
* critical approaches to gaming
* games as media and communication

– Organisers: The conference will be hosted jointly by the Finnish DIGRA chapter, coordinated by Dr Olli Sotamaa and the Creation of Game Cultures research project, coordinated by professor Frans Mäyrä. Assisted by the review board and local organising team, the main organisers are:
Review Chair: professor Raine Koskimaa
Program Chair: professor Jaakko Suominen
Local Chair: professor Frans Mäyrä

– Dates:
* deadline for full papers, panels and alternative forms: 13 February 2012
* authors are informed of review: 2 April 2012
* final paper submission deadline: 7 May 2012
* conference dates: 6-8 June 2012

– Contact details: You can find more, up-to-date information in http://digra-nordic2012.org. The email contact address for the organising team is: digranordic2012 [at] gmail.com.

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