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[ecrea] CFP - University of Nottingham Ningbo China: 'Playful Encounters: Interdisciplinary engagements with play, creativity, entertainment, and fun'
Tue Apr 24 18:50:22 GMT 2018
CALL FOR PAPERS
“/Playful Encounters: Interdisciplinary engagements with play,
creativity, entertainment, and fun./”
University of Nottingham Ningbo China, September 29^th - 30^th , 2018
‘Play is free movement within a more rigid structure’
(Salen and Zimmerman, 2004, p.304)
“… law and order, commerce and profit, craft and art, poetry, wisdom and
science. All are rooted in the primeval soil of play.”
(Huizinga, 1980, p.5)
‘Any earnest definition of play has to be haunted by the possibility
that playful enjoinders will render it invalid.’
(Sutton-Smith, 1997, p.213)
In the now classic Homo Ludens, Huizinga situates ‘play’ as the
foundation of culture – the point from which all human structures,
ideas, and societies stem. Sutton-Smith’s The Ambiguity of Play posits
an equally broad scope, with ‘play’ encompassing everything from the
imaginary, the development of individual identity and passing on of
traditions through rituals, power-plays in politics and war, fate and
games of chance, and pure frivolity and humour. The entertainment and
creative industries are billion-dollar businesses, but Huizinga and
Sutton-Smith imply that almost any aspect of human culture could be
conceptualized as forms of play – and yet in so doing introduces great
seriousness into such ‘games’.
While there is a wide variety of research taking place within various
disciplines which explore the specific themes of this conference,
interdisciplinary dialogue about play / creativity / entertainment / fun
is more limited. Therefore, this conference aims to open dialogue
between different approaches to ‘the playful’ in order to consider what
valuable synergies might be possible between different areas of study.
What can such conceptual lenses bring to disciplines which have not
traditionally engaged with them, and what might particular disciplinary
understandings of ‘play’ bring to the discussions going on elsewhere?
How might various theories and practices around ‘play’ advance various
disciplines which have not usually engaged with them?
*Call for papers*
We invite papers which explore our themes, or which offer considerations
of the application of such concepts to the researcher’s discipline.
Panels may also be proposed. We are particularly interested in
non-traditional presentation formats and will welcome workshops.
*/Potential themes and areas/*
* Thinkering – Thinking through theories of play, fun, fantasy,
creativity, ‘the play of ideas’.
* Playful Pedagogies – incorporating play into teaching practices,
* Identity – Performativity, Persona, Imagined Communities, Imagined
* Politics as Entertainment – The Comedic Turn in Politics, Social
* ‘War games’, dangerous games, dark sides of ‘play’.
* Mind and Body - Sport, health, games, and play
* Post-anthropocentric play – Animals, AI, and play
* Play-grounds – spaces of play, online spaces, games, theme-parks.
* Genres of Play – fantasy, magical realism, fiction.
* ‘Creative’ ‘Industries’ – capitalizing on creativity, entertainment
* Strategy, math, and predicting ‘chance’.
We encourage discussion within and between disciplinary areas such as:
Media and Cultural Studies; Fan Studies; Celebrity Studies; Ethnographic
Studies; Education; English and/or Literature Studies; Performance
Studies; Games Studies; Digital Games; New Media; Mathematics;
International Studies; Political Studies; Biology; Behavioral Sciences;
Psychology; Design and Architecture; Philosophy and Critical theory.
*Submission of Abstracts*
Please prepare your abstracts following these guidelines:
* 250-500 words maximum
* Please include four to six keywords
* Times New Roman 12 point, single space
* Submit abstracts by the deadline via email to
*(playfulencounters /at/ nottingham.edu.cn)
<mailto:(playfulencounters /at/ nottingham.edu.cn)>*
Abstract submission deadline: *May 31^st 2018*
Notifications: July 15^th 2018
Early bird registration opens: July 15^th 2018
Regular registration opens: August 15^th 2018
Conference: *September 29th-30th 2018*
Early bird - 1000 RMB
Student early bird - 600 RMB
Regular - 1200 RMB
Student regular - 800 RMB
Day pass early bird - 800 RMB
Day pass regular - 1000 RMB
The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first
Sino-foreign university. It is located in Ningbo, one of China’s major
ports and economic centers in Zhejiang province. Ningbo is a rapidly
growing city, ranked in the top ten of cities for business in China by
Forbes, it is a thriving blend of enterprise, culture, education,
tradition and entertainment. It is well connected for national and
international travel, for example, with Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong
all less than three hours away (by train/plane).**
A Conference Hosting Support Scheme grant was awarded by the Research
and Knowledge Exchange Committee (University of Nottingham Ningbo China).
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