Workshop: Ludic Boredom, Potsdam June 1.

The Digarec program at Potsdam University is organizing a very interesting workshop logodigarecon “Ludic Boredom”. The program and more information is found here. It contains contributions from several members of the network. Note that there is limited participation. From the description:

“The workshop will explore the social, cultural, and philosophical implications of boredom in relation to play and work, technology, media, and computer games with the goal of developing an international collaboration that establishes an innovative interdisciplinary research program to examine the undertheorized phenomenon of ludic boredom in depth.

Paradoxically, boredom seems to lie at the heart of the current culture of constant connectivity and productivity enhanced by digital media. Each potential moment of boredom is at the same time a possibility for monetization – advertisements, casual games, social media,and other pushed notifications, all seem to be competing for our attention, which could otherwise be suspended in blissfully prolonged recreational “Langeweile”. Boredom becomes particularly interesting in relation to play and digital games, which are supposed to serve as an antidote.”

2nd CfP: Values in Games – 2018 Philosophy of Computer Games Conference in Copenhagen

800px-Nyhavn_copenhagencroppedThe deadline for the next PCG-conference is fast approaching.  Please submit your abstract!

Call for Papers:   Values in Games

We hereby invite submissions to the 12th International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games, to be held in Copenhagen on August 13-14.

The theme of this year’s conference is “value in games”. The topic will connect central themes in the study of games, including questions about the importance of games in a human life, the ethical value of games, and the values communicated through games. For this conference, we invite papers that explore these and other aspects of value in games.

We welcome submissions on (but not limited to) the following questions:

 

  • Can games contribute to a meaningful life?
  • Is there a special value to games, distinct from other social practices?
  • What is the value of difficulty, achievement, excellence, and skill in games
  • What is the relationship of the artistic value of games to their other values?
  • How do games transform the values that normally attach to activities outside the gaming context?
  • Are games an integral part of ideal society?
  • Can games contribute to an ethical life, and in what ways?
  • How do games encode systems of values, especially in their mechanics and game-play? In particular, how might they encode biases and other problematic attitudes?
  • How can the values in games be studied?
  • What value might games have for thinking about issues of race, gender, and sexual and romantic orientation?
  • How might we justify the inclusion or exclusion of transgressive content in games (violence, pornography, racism)?
  • How do players relate to, resist, shape, or appropriate a game’s values?

In addition to papers that are directed at the main theme we invite a smaller number of papers in an “open” category.

Accepted papers will have a clear focus on philosophy and philosophical issues in relation to computer games. We strongly encourage references to specific examples from computer games, as well as reference to diversity of games and game types. We are especially interested in papers that aim to continue discussions from earlier conferences in this series.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

 

The abstracts should have a maximum 1000 words (maximum 700 words for the main text and 300 for the bibliography).The deadline for submissions is May 21st. Please submit your abstract through review.gamephilosophy.org. All submitted abstracts will be subject to double blind peer review. Notification of accepted submissions will be sent out by June 1st. Participation requires that a paper draft is submitted by August 1st and will be made available on the conference website.
We also issue a call for workshops or panels to be held on August 15th. Please submit a short proposal to the program committee chair by May 21st if you are interested in organizing an event.

 

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Program Chair:
C. Thi Nguyen, Utah Valley University
cnguyen@uvu.edu

Conference Chair:
Michael Debus, ITU
msde@itu.dk

Program Committee:

Pawel Grabarczyk, Rune Klevjer, Anita Leirfall, Sebastian Möring, Stephanie Patridge, Jon Robson, John R. Sageng, Mark Silcox, Daniel Vella

 

Seminar: Existence and Emotion in Play

Skjermbilde-2018-05-03-kl.-17.56.17This game studies oriented seminar from the Games and Transgressive Aesthetics project should surely be of interest to many game philosophers as well. Full program is available on their website. The seminar is held on May 25. From the description of the seminar:

Games have a long tradition of dealing with myths and monsters, thereby tapping into topics that are associated with how we as humans understand ourselves and our role in the world. At the same time, as games are maturing as medium, there are still challenges relating to how existential and profound topics can be implemented into games in an experientially interesting way. 

This seminar concerns games and play that tap into such issues, covering the design of games that tap into the mythical and the existential. Further, the seminar will look at the emotional impact that games can have upon us, from the awe and terror brought forward by monster play, to the emotional response that players have when encountering uncomfortable and provocative game content. The seminar also asks what we can learn from live-action role-playing games concerning how to create emotional impact and immersion in games.

Redirecting attention from how games move us emotionally to how they move the boundaries between play and gambling, the seminar will end with a presentation on loot boxes as a form of transgressive game design.

CfP: Values in Games – 2018 Philosophy of Computer Games Conference in Copenhagen

800px-Nyhavn_copenhagencroppedThe Call for Papers for the 2018 Philosophy of Computer Games Conference in Copenhagen is now available.

The conference will be part of a Game Studies Triple Conference, with Games Lit 2018 and History of Games 2018. Please submit, and please circulate the call!

The call is here:  https://gameconference.itu.dk/Philosophy.html

Call for Papers

Values in Games

We hereby invite submissions to the 12th International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games, to be held in Copenhagen on August 13-14.

The theme of this year’s conference is “value in games”. The topic will connect central themes in the study of games, including questions about the importance of games in a human life, the ethical value of games, and the values communicated through games. For this conference, we invite papers that explore these and other aspects of value in games.

We welcome submissions on (but not limited to) the following questions:

  • Can games contribute to a meaningful life?
  • Is there a special value to games, distinct from other social practices?
  • What is the value of difficulty, achievement, excellence, and skill in games
  • What is the relationship of the artistic value of games to their other values?
  • How do games transform the values that normally attach to activities outside the gaming context?
  • Are games an integral part of ideal society?
  • Can games contribute to an ethical life, and in what ways?
  • How do games encode systems of values, especially in their mechanics and game-play? In particular, how might they encode biases and other problematic attitudes?
  • How can the values in games be studied?
  • What value might games have for thinking about issues of race, gender, and sexual and romantic orientation?
  • How might we justify the inclusion or exclusion of transgressive content in games (violence, pornography, racism)?
  • How do players relate to, resist, shape, or appropriate a game’s values?

In addition to papers that are directed at the main theme we invite a smaller number of papers in an “open” category.

Accepted papers will have a clear focus on philosophy and philosophical issues in relation to computer games. We strongly encourage references to specific examples from computer games, as well as reference to diversity of games and game types. We are especially interested in papers that aim to continue discussions from earlier conferences in this series.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE
The abstracts should have a maximum 1000 words (maximum 700 words for the main text and 300 for the bibliography).The deadline for submissions is May 21st. Please submit your abstract through review.gamephilosophy.org. All submitted abstracts will be subject to double blind peer review. Notification of accepted submissions will be sent out by June 1st. Participation requires that a paper draft is submitted by August 1st and will be made available on the conference website.

We also issue a call for workshops or panels to be held on August 15th. Please submit a short proposal to the program committee chair by May 21st if you are interested in organizing an event.

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Program Chair:
C. Thi Nguyen, Utah Valley University
cnguyen@uvu.edu

Conference Chair:
Michael Debus, ITU
msde@itu.dk

Program Committee:

Pawel Grabarczyk, Rune Klevjer, Anita Leirfall, Sebastian Möring, Stephanie Patridge, Jon Robson, John R. Sageng, Mark Silcox, Daniel Vella

 

Symposium and Exhibition: Towards the Expanded Field – March 7-9, Graz.

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Talks, Spatial audio performances & VR Exhibition
7-9 of March
Haus der Architektur, Graz

Virtual reality and spatial audio technologies bring about a new paradigm in the fields of architecture and music. While defying classification, works developed in these media extend our spatial and auditory sensibilities beyond what is perceivable in the physical world. Can we regard them however as architecture and music, or are they foreign to their origins?

Architect Constantinos Miltiadis and composer and sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma will present their investigations and exhibit works on virtual navigable environments and sculptural spatial audio. The event intends to initiate a discussion on the nature of such explorations, in parallel to the nature and future of music and architecture in the expanded field.

The event includes talks by Constantinos Miltiadis (Institute of Architecture and Media, TU Graz) Dr. Gerriet K. Sharma (Institute of Electronic Music, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Edgard Varèse Professor, TU Berlin) and Prof. Stephan Günzel (BTK Berlin).

There will also be a VR exhibition and spatial audio performances for the Sonible IKO, as well as a reading group of Rosalind Krauss’ “Sculpture in the expanded field”.

Event information and program:
Haus der Architektur [x]
Institute of Architecture and Media [x]
Poster [x]

Curated by Constantinos Miltiadis

C. Thi Nguyen is Program Committee Leader for PCG2018

thiWe are very happy to announce that Thi Nguyen from Utah Valley University has accepted the the role of program committee leader for the next PCG conference.  He will be the first US program committee leader for the PCG conference series. Thi is already a member of the steering group for the game philosophy network.

The next conference is due to be held in Copenhagen at ITU in August. It is planned to be a part of a unique collaboration scheme which involves participants in other areas in the study of games.

The program committee will be constituted shortly and it will start to work on the next call for papers. More info about the conference and the larger collaboration scheme will soon follow.

 

 

PCG2017 Workshop: New Game Definitions

 

28. November 2017

Krakow, Gołębia 16 street, room 42

385940773_1280x720The aim of the workshop is to survey different options for answering the questions “What is a game?” and “What is a computer game?” and to get a feel for future directions that reflections on these questions may take. While keeping an eye on conventional notions such as voluntary goals, play and make-believe, the workshop will explore unconventional notions like artifact roles, status functions and new roles for play. The workshop will also discuss  foundational issues for the project of defining games, such as definition types, essences, family resemblances or nominalism. The workshop is intended as a preparatory meeting, so please contact the organizers if you would like to participate in future events.

 

Program

 

10.00 Introduction

Sebastian Möring and John R. Sageng

 

11.00 On Defining  

Anita Leirfall

 

11.30 The Wittgensteinian Thesis on Defining and Game Definitions 

Oliver Laas

 

12.00 The Game as the Partner in Play: A Posthuman Approach to the  Definition of the Video Game Object

Justyna Janik

 

12.30 Games as Status Functions

John R. Sageng

 

13.00. Lunch

 

14.00  How to Compare Game Definitions

Pawel Grabarczyk

 

14.30 Self-playing games: Rethinking the State of Digital Play

Sonia Fizek

 

15.00 On the Technological Specificity of Playable Artifacts

Olli Leino

 

15.30 Common discussion

 

Discussion forum: https://www.reddit.com/r/PhilosophyofGames/

Organizers: Sebastian Möring and John R. Sageng

Grzegorz J. Nalepa is the Fourth Confirmed Keynote Speaker for the PoCG 2017

gjn2016white-mediumIn a few days, we will send notification letters to all of the authors. To make this time more bearable, we would like to share some news with you. We are happy to announce the fourth of our keynote speakers for the PoCP 2017 – Grzegorz J. Nalepa.

Grzegorz J. Nalepa is an engineer with degrees in computer science – artificial intelligence, and philosophy. He has been working in the area of intelligent systems and knowledge engineering for over 15 years.
He formulated the eXtended Tabular Trees rule representation method, as well as the Semantic Knowledge Engineering approach.
He authored a book “Modeling with Rules using Semantic Knowledge Engineering” (Springer 2017).
He co-edited a book “Synergies Between Knowledge Engineering and Software Engineering” (Springer 2017). He has co-authored over 150 research papers in international journals and conferences.
He coordinates GEIST – Group for Engineering of Intelligent Systems and Technologies (http://geist.re) cooperating with AGH University and Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. For almost 10 years he has been co-chairing the Knowledge and Software Engineering Workshop (KESE) at KI, the German AI conference, Spanish CAEPIA, as well ECAI. He is the President of the Polish Artificial Intelligence Society (PSSI), member of EurAI. He is also a member of IEEE, Italian Artificial Intelligence Society (AI*IA), KES, Polish Cognitive Science Society (PTK).
His recent interests include context-aware systems and affective computing.

Philip Brey is the Third Confirmed Keynote Speaker for the PoCG 2017

The review process is still in progress, but we would like to share with you an exciting news! We are happy to announce the third of our keynote speakers for the PoCP 2017 – Philip Brey.

v2Philip Brey is full professor of philosophy of technology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and scientific director of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. He has published extensively in the areas of ethics of technology and responsible research and innovation. He is president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology, a former president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, and a member of the editorial board of over ten leading journals in his field. He is coordinator of the SIENNA project, an EU Horizon 2020-funded project on the ethical and human rights aspects of emerging technologies, including robotics and artificial intelligence, human genomics, and human enhancement.  Many of his publications are in the philosophy and ethics of information technology, including publications on virtual reality, computer mediation and computer games.

Sybille Lammes is the Second Confirmed Keynote Speaker for the PoCG 2017

sybille-lammesYesterday we informed you about the deadline extension for the Philosophy of Computer Games Conference 2017 (September the 4th, 11.59 PM GTM). This time, to further motivate you while you are working on your abstracts, we are happy to announce of the second of our keynote speakers – Sybille Lammes!

Sybille Lammes is professor New Media and Digital Culture at Leiden University.She has been a visiting Senior Research Fellow at The University of Manchester, and has worked as a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick, as well as the media-studies departments of Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam. Her background is in media-studies and game-studies, which she has always approached from an interdisciplinary angle, including cultural studies, science and technology studies, postcolonial studies, and critical geography. She is co-editor of /Playful Identities /(2015), /Mapping Time /(2017 fc.) /The Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods/ (2018 fc.). and /The Playful Citizen/ (2017 fc.). She is an ERC laureate and has been the PI of numerous research projects. She is a member of the Playful Mapping Collective.