[EXTENDED] CFP // Games and Literary Theory Collection

We are soliciting proposals for a collection of essays at the intersection of game studies and literary theory.

This coming year will mark the fourth meeting of the International Conference Series on Games and Literary Theory at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Having hosted the previous two meetings, we have witnessed a rich diversity of scholarship claiming this interdisciplinary field. Yet, we have also noted in the breadth of approaches a lack of a shared disciplinary history or critical archive.

To facilitate the growth and formation of this emerging field, we are putting together a collection of essays to act as a landmark and jumping off point for further scholarship. It will establish a disciplinary history, represent the range of approaches currently constituting the field, and offer a foundation for scholars looking to join the discussion.

We are interested in proposals that consider the interaction of games and literary theory in these and other potential areas:

  • ontology and epistemology
  • methodology and theory
  • meaning-making, hermeneutics, reception
  • terminology and its adaptations
  • comparisons of structures or techniques
  • transmedia storytelling and alternative reality games
  • cultural criticism and history

We are currently working with a university press to publish this collection. They have asked that we collect abstracts for inclusion in a formal proposal. To this end, we are requesting 500-word abstracts to be sent to twelsh@loyno.edu (subject heading “GamesLit Book”) by July 15 August 15. We will make selections and will request full essays (3500-5000 words) by September 15 October 15.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to your thoughtful proposals.

Timothy Welsh, Loyola University New Orleans
Joyce Goggin, Universiteit van Amsterdam