Geographies of Digital Games I

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Digital Geographies Specialty Group, Media and Communication Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Calvert Room, Omni, East
Organizers: Nick Rush-Cooper
Chairs: Nick Rush-Cooper

Call for Submissions

Computer, video, mobile and digital games are fundamentally geographical: They are sites of social relation, spaces of exploration and agency, cultural and political representations of places, affective experiences and are developed through globalised and globalising technologies and networks.

Therefore, digital games speak to a range of contemporary questions in geography; digital culture and society, subjectivity and agency, affect and embodiment, digital global labour and production networks etc. Though digital games occasionally appear as field sites and case studies in various sub-disciplines, this session will provide an opportunity to bring together this emerging area of research by focusing on the specific geographies and spatialities of games and bringing together diverse empirical and theoretical responses to games.

We welcome geographers, digital scholars, creative practitioners, and others who are approaching games as spatial phenomena.

Suggested topics:
• Games as social spaces
• The embodied, affective and non-representational aspects of games and game playing
• The global economic and labour geographies of the games industry
• Agency and subjectivity in game-playing
• Games as sites of political representation and agency
• Game-making as creative research method

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to nick.rush-cooper@ncl.ac.uk and emma.fraser@manchester.ac.uk by Thursday October 18th
We will respond promptly so that papers can be submitted to the AAG before the October 25th Deadline.


Description

Computer, video, mobile and digital games are fundamentally geographical: They are sites of social relation, spaces of exploration and agency, cultural and political representations of places, affective experiences and are developed through globalised and globalising technologies and networks.

This session brings together research on digital games which speak to a range of contemporary questions in geography; digital culture and society, subjectivity and agency, affect and embodiment, digital global labour and production networks. This session provides an opportunity to bring together this emerging area of research by focusing on the specific geographies and spatialities of games and bringing together diverse empirical and theoretical responses to games.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter James Butler*, Lancaster University, Sally Bushell, Lancaster University, From Paper to Pixel: Exploring Game Worlds to Encouraging Literacy 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Sebastian Baeza Gonzalez*, University of Manchester, Affective Labour and the business of making games: video games development in the periphery 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Pablo Abend*, University of Siegen, Playing Geopolitics. Challenging the Identification, Friend or Foe in a Military Simulation 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Nichlas Emmons*, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, Elizabeth LaPensée, Michigan State University, Mapping Indigenous Sovereignty and Relationality in When Rivers Were Trails 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Peter Nelson*, , Bogna Konior, Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Bauhaus University, Weimar, The Climate Unconscious and Computer Games 20 9:20 AM

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