[SIGCIS-Members] (CFP) Extending Play 3: Temporalities of Play

James A. Hodges james.hodges at rutgers.edu
Tue Feb 16 11:19:16 PST 2016

Call for Papers

Extending Play 3: Temporalities of Play

School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Conference Dates: Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2016

Proposals Due: April 3rd

“History is indeed absent from the game, absent as something finished, as a
storyline in the past tense. What replaces it is a history workshop, a
model of history as the intuition of algorithms and their consequences. The
gamer is a designer.”  --Mckenzie Wark, “Gamer Theory”

Extending Play is back, and this iteration will play with the concept of
time. We are looking for papers and presentations that excavate the past,
interpret the present, and forecast the future of play and games.

We aim to continue the mission of the previous two Extending Play
conferences, to entertain all approaches to the traditions, roles, and
contexts of play, extending it into far-flung and unexpected arenas. Extending
Play 3 will take an inclusive and pluralistic approach to temporality and
play, inviting creative applications of the concepts as they relate to all
things playable - from games and moving images, to recorded sound and

Extending Play 3 asks important questions about the temporalities of play
from emergent scholarly perspectives: Can media archaeology and game
preservation revise the history of games and play? Do new methodologies,
such as big data and network analysis force us to reconsider the
predictability of play? Can queer temporalities of play produce new
activist futures? How is gamification shaping our experiences of time? How
are notions of time and play constructed by social scientists, humanists,
preservationists, and policy researchers?

We invite scholars, students, makers, artists, archivists, visionaries,
game designers, and players to the third iteration of the Rutgers Media
Studies Conference: Extending Play, to be held September 30 and October 1,
2016 on the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick, NJ. Submissions are
welcomed from scholars working in media studies and all related fields
across the humanities and social sciences.

We are excited to announce our keynote conversations:


   Wendy Chun (Brown University) and Matthew Kirschenbaum (University of

   Jesper Juul (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts), plus one more TBA.

In keeping with the tripartite division of past, present, and future,
Extending Play invites three types of submissions -- papers, panels, and
interactive projects. The organizers invite traditional academic papers and
panels of 3-4 presenters, along with any form of game, performance or
display that submitters may wish to propose. In the past our conference has
presented traditional research presentations alongside:




   finished games,

   technology demos,

   performance art,

   happenings that defy classification.

For academic papers and panels, each presenter will have a maximum of 15
minutes to offer his or her ideas as a presentation or interactive
conversation, and/or may adopt a more creative approach, incorporating such
elements as:


   material accompaniment (hand out a zine, scrapbook, postcards, etc)

   performance (spoken word, song, verse, dance, recording, etc)

   game (create rules and incorporate audience play)

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

Histories of Play


   Historical approaches to leisure, recreation and play

   History of video game consoles, arcades, cards, board games

   Performance, intimacy, cosplay, and LARP

   Urban play, play and city life

Preserving Play


   Game preservation in archives, libraries, and museums

   Aesthetics of emulation, remediation, adaptation, and porting

   Playable media in history: moving images and sound through time

   Materialities of board games, game packaging, and control interfaces

The Time of Play


   Toys and play for children and adults

   Playing with “lag”- network problems, hanging, buffering, glitching

   Playing with narrative and storytelling

   Political economies of play, (electronic) sports, and professionalizing

Playing with Time


   Gamification and playing with learning, learning while playing


   Activist time, queer temporalities, and time-bending play

   Gamifying time, speedrunning, or playing with current events

Predicting Play


   Games of divination: I Ching, Tarot, Ouija, Palm reading, dice, oracles

   Role of prediction in game studies methodologies (modeling behavior
   patterns, actions, etc.)

   Prediction in game play, development of player networks

   Playing with health and fitness, quantified selves and wearable

Future of Play (Studies)


   Affective potentials of technology and play

   Adaptive play and dis/ability studies

   What will be the role of scholars in the future of play and games?

   How do cheaters change games?

   What’s next for play and game studies?

For additional ideas on how to play with media, play with time, or play
with space during your presentation, visit our website at

The deadline for proposals is Sunday, April 3, 2016. We invite individual
proposals, full panel proposals, and proposals for games, workshops or
other interactive presentations. Please use the submission form on our
website at http://extendingplay.rutgers.edu/submit/ to submit an abstract
of about 250 words. If you would like to submit supplementary materials, or
have trouble with the form, email extendingplay at gmail.com. Notifications of
acceptance will be sent out by April 30th, 2016.

*james a. hodges*
*school of communication & information*
*rutgers university*
*james.hodges at rutgers.edu <james.hodges at rutgers.edu>*

*@jameshodges_ <https://twitter.com/jameshodges_>*
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