Futures of Games and Game Studies

The editorial board of Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture has the pleasure to invite you to a PhD consortium and scholarly symposium at ITU Copenhagen, April 6–8, 2022.

The theme of the symposium is the Futures of Games and Game Studies. During its around 20 years of existence, game studies has put computer games on the academic map. The field has provided a response to effect studies by demonstrating that games are social arenas of intrinsic value to the individuals that use them, and that they are cultural products able to comment on society in new ways. From a more practical perspective, technical oriented game studies has driven developments in artificial intelligence and virtual reality. 

But where will game studies go in the future? What are the challenges that game studies will face as computer games mature and become a medium not only for entertainment but also for politics and activism? What will happen to games as technological developments take new and unforeseen directions? How can we as a scholarly community be able not only to respond to these rapid developments but also be able to define what games should be in the future? Through a focus on the work by young scholars, the symposium will be an attempt to illuminate potential avenues for the future of game studies. 

The event will consist of a series of talks by experts in the field (TBA) and sessions for discussion of full paper submissions by PhD candidates. The talks will be open to the public while participation in the paper sessions will be limited to registered participants of the PhD consortium.

We would like to invite PhD candidates to submit proposals for full papers to be discussed during the event. Please submit a title and abstract (max. 600 words excl. references) by January 31st, 2022 to eludamos@gmail.com. Papers can have a rather loose connection to the overall theme of the symposium.  

The organizing team will assess the incoming proposals and send out invitations to submit full papers by February 15th, 2022. Submission deadline for invited full paper drafts will be March 20th, 2022. Please submit as PDF, TRF, or Word document.

The PhD consortium consists of a series of feedback sessions overseen by Kristine Jørgensen, Holger Pötzsch, and Hanna Wirman. Draft papers will be distributed to all registered participants at least 10 days prior to the event. We dedicate approx. 45 minutes to discussion of each full paper. 

During the feedback sessions we expect every participant to have read all the submitted draft papers. Each contribution will be briefly introduced and contextualized by the author(s) (max. 5 minutes). Please do not give lengthy summaries. Then, each draft will be commented on by at least one expert (5–10 minutes) and one fellow PhD candidate (5–10 minutes). The remaining time will be dedicated to open discussion among all consortium participants.

Very promising contributions will be invited to undergo review in the journal Eludamos with prospect for publication as part of a special issue on Futures of Games and Game Studies scheduled for winter 2022 or spring 2023.

The symposium and doctoral consortium have been organized by Dom Ford and Joleen Blom and are funded by ITU and UiB.

On behalf of the editorial board of Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game