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[ecrea] 2nd Call for Papers: International Conference: 'Creating Second Lives: Reading and Writing Virtual Communities'

Tue Apr 08 18:40:59 GMT 2008

>Games and virtual environments are playing an increasingly powerful role in
>Western entertainment and narrative culture. Of particular importance are
>the constant re- and de-construction of the embodied playing self and the
>post-industrialist, customisable fluidity of personal and social
>identity.This interdisciplinary conference will shed light on how virtual
>communities are read and written, i.e. constructed textually through
>linguistic and semiotic en- and decoding, by producers and receivers of
>video and massively multiplayer online games as well as virtual worlds such
>as Second Life.
>The conferences major intention is to bring together researchers from a
>wide range of different areas, who share an interest in semiotics,
>stylistics, codification, new media design, 3D programming and
>media/cultural studies but do not always speak the same language. The
>conference will facilitate cross-disciplinary dialogue and understanding by
>providing room and material for discussions between scholars, scientists
>and professionals from the gaming industry. By doing so, it will help
>experts identify and debate current and future developments particularly in
>relation to the textual construction of subjectivities, communities and
>ideologies. Date: 24-25 October 2008. Venue: Bangor University.
>Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited on any topic relating to the
>following themes and questions:
>- How do we read and write virtual communities, i.e. how are
>identities, communities and ideologies constructed textually and
>discursively in video games and other digital environments?
>- How are user identities coded into virtual communities?
>- To what extent and to what effect can we apply contemporary stylistic and
>semiotic theory and analysis to virtual, interactive communities?
>- How do avatars impersonate networks, communities and societies?
>- What are the roles of body and mind in virtual communities? Do they
>separate or amalgamate?
>- To what extent do we need to revisit the notions of virtual, actual
>and real in relation to entextualised social and communal worlds and
>- How does and will 3D graphic design contribute ­ now and in the
>foreseeable future ­ to the construction of social identity?
>- What programming tools and methodologies are/may be used to create
>virtual communities and inter-'personal' relationships?
>Keynote speakers will include Prof Espen Aarseth, Co-founder and Editor-in-
>Chief of and author of Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic
>Literature, and Fred Hasson, founding CEO of TIGA, the UK Games Development
>Trade Association.
>Deadline for abstracts: 5 May 2008 (to be sent to (a.ensslin /at/
>The Conference is organised by the NIECI Research Centre for Video Games
>and Virtual Environments and sponsored by The Game Creators Ltd.
>For further enquiries, please contact Astrid Ensslin at
>(a.ensslin /at/ or visit the Conference website at
>Dr Astrid Ensslin
>Lecturer in New Media
>National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries (NIECI)
>Bangor University
>Bangor, Gwynedd,
>LL57 2DG

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
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