Call for Papers: Feminists in Games Workshop 2013!!

Open Call:

We are invit­ing sub­mis­sions for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2nd Annual “Fem­i­nists in Games” work­shop to be held in at the Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Media at Simon Fraser Uni­ver­sity from May 31– June 2, 2013.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion and atten­dance at the con­fer­ence is free. There is a lim­ited amount of money allot­ted to assist pre­sen­ters with their travel costs. If you wish to apply for this fund­ing please include a short state­ment (no more than 100 words) with your abstract describ­ing your finan­cial need.

1) New Participants

We invite young and up-and-coming schol­ars and aspir­ing game design­ers as well as estab­lished prac­ti­tion­ers in the field (includ­ing researchers, edu­ca­tors and indus­try pro­fes­sion­als) to sub­mit a pre­sen­ta­tion abstract of no more than 1000 words address­ing the chal­lenge of advanc­ing gen­der equity in rela­tion to the fol­low­ing areas:

- game design and development;

- game content;

- socio-cultural con­struc­tions of “gamers”;

- player com­mu­ni­ties and online play; and

- the games industry

- cri­tiques of media treat­ment of girls/women/gamers

Pro­pos­als will be peer-reviewed, and appli­cants whose sub­mis­sions are accepted will have the oppor­tu­nity to bring their work into con­ver­sa­tion with estab­lished fem­i­nist schol­ars and activists dur­ing a two-day invi­ta­tional workshop.

2) Past Participants

We invite par­tic­i­pants of FiG 2012 who received seed fund­ing from FiG to present the findings/outcomes of their projects in a paper (max­i­mum 3000 words) and/or mul­ti­me­dia presentation.

3) Observers

We invite mem­bers from the gen­eral pub­lic, the games indus­try and acad­e­mia to attend keynotes and

work­shop round­table ses­sions, and to lend their voices, per­spec­tives and expe­ri­ences to con­ver­sa­tions and

emerg­ing ini­tia­tives that sup­port fem­i­nist pur­poses and processes in games edu­ca­tion, research, design and

devel­op­ment. Although not required to submit/present for­mal papers, each observer is requested to par­tic­i­pate in a ‘light­en­ing round’ observer panel and will have five min­utes in which to describe their an interest/challenge/question/project/game, that specif­i­cally engages with FiG’s man­date, the advance­ment, through all pos­si­ble means, of fem­i­nists in games.

4) Other/s

The con­fer­ence will include an oppor­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a round­table ses­sion aimed at gen­er­at­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive research project between schol­ars and indus­try professionals.

Those inter­ested in pre­sent­ing may send abstracts of no more than 1000 words, out­lin­ing their research question(s), project/s and approach, to Rachel Muehrer (feministsingames@gmail.com) or Jen­nifer Jen­son (jjjenson@gmail.com) by Feb­ru­ary 1, 2013. Those wish­ing to attend as ‘observers’ (this includes the indus­try round table) are invited to reply by March 31, 2013 with a descrip­tion of your ‘light­ning round’ sub­mis­sion short state­ment about how attend­ing might be of ben­e­fit to you (250 words).

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