Conference CFP – 2018 SWPACA (Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area)

Call for Papers: Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area
39th Annual Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference
February 7-10, 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 22, 2017
The Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area invites papers,
panels, and other proposals on games (digital and otherwise) and their
study and development. Proposals are welcome from any and all scholars
(including graduate students, independent scholars, and tenured,
tenure-track, and emeritus faculty) and practitioners (developers,
artists, archivists, and so forth). Unusual formats, technologies, and
the like are encouraged.

Possible topics include (but are in no way limited to):

Advertising (both in-game and out)
Alternative reality games
Archiving and artifactual preservation
Competitive/clan gaming
Design and development
Economic and industrial histories and studies
Educational games and their pedagogies
Foreign language games and culture
Game art/game-based art (including game sound)
Game engines and entertainment
Game streaming
Gender and sexual identity
Haptics and interface studies
Histories of games
MOGs, MMOGs, and other forms of online/networked gaming
Pornographic games
Religion and games
Representations of race and gender
Representations of space and place
The rhetoric of games and game systems
Serious games
Strategy games
Table-top games and gaming
Technological, aesthetic, economic, and ideological convergence
Theories of play
Transmedia and games
Wireless and mobile gaming

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at

For details on using the submission database and on the application
process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips
page at

Individual proposals for 15 minute presentations must include an
abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the
body of the proposal form is encouraged but not required. For
information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a
multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in
a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due
December 1. For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at

In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed,
scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular
Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org

– AREA –
The Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area is international in
scope and emphasizes diversity, an openness to innovative approaches
and presentations, and the energetic practice of post-conference
collaboration and publication. The Area was established in 2005 as a
division of the Computer Culture Area, and became a standalone area in
2010. In addition to organizing conference panels, roundtables, and
workshops, the Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area offers
formal and informal mentoring, organizes outings, and hosts evening
social events.
– Chair: Judd Ruggill (jruggill@email.arizona.edu)
– Research Coordinator: Jennifer deWinter (jdewinter@wpi.edu)
– Social Media Coordinator: Michael Anthony DeAnda (mdeanda@hawk.iit.edu)
– Special Events Coordinator: Ryan Moeller (rylish.moeller@usu.edu)
– Twitter: @GSCPP
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SWPACAGSCPP/?fref=ts
– Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/530279593820117/

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