Introduction to the Center for Media Philosophy and the Laboratory for Computer Games Research

The Centre for Media Philosophy and the Laboratory for Computer Games Research are glad to be a part of the Double Game Philosophy Conference and to host  the Philosophy of Computer Games Conference 2019.

As we are approaching the deadlines for the conferences we would like to introduce ourselves a bit.

The Laboratory for Computer Games Research emerged in 2013 in Saint Petersburg (Russia) within Centre for Media Philosophy (the Institute of Philosophy, St. Petersburg State University).

Our team: Prof. Konstantin Shevtsov (head), Alexander Lenkevich (deputy head, organizer of the regular seminar of the Laboratory), Konstantin Ocheretyany (researcher, PhD), Margarita Skomorokh (researcher, game designer), Alina Latypova (researcher), Sergei Bugluck (researcher, game designer), Andrey Muzhdaba (researcher, editor of http://gamestudies.ru).

The Laboratory conducts researches based on the following topics: corporeality, interfaces, identity, subjectivity in computer games, computer games as a medium, language of computer games, counter-play and counter-gaming, glitches, masocore, etc.

Since 2013, the Laboratory holds a regular scientific seminar (organized by A. Lenkevich).

Important facts:

In 2013, the Laboratory together with a Centre for Media Philosophy organized the first Russian conference to be dedicated solely to the research of computer games: the all-Russian conference with international participation “Computer Games – the Theatre of Activity”. Other game conferences were held in 2014 and 2018 – “Computer Games as a Mode of Social Reality Constitution” and “Computer Games: Cultural Interfaces and Social Interactions”. Moreover, during 2013–2019 the Laboratory has organised various academic events, including panels, round tables, and workshops within other conferences in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Astrakhan, Vologda, Ulan-Ude, Copenhagen, Vilnius. Members of the Laboratory also participated in the international events on game studies: DiGRA 2018, the Philosophy of Computer Games 2018, Nordic DiGRA 2018, etc.

In 2014 and 2016, the Laboratory published two collective monographs: “Computer Games: Strategies of the Research” and “Game or Reality: the Game Studies Experience”. In 2019, it edited the volume on game studies in the International Journal of Cultural Research – “Computer Games: Game Design of Culture”.

 

The researchers of the Laboratory regularly publish articles concerning the analytics of computer games in indexed journals.

All the information can be found on the web page of the Laboratory: http://mediaphilosophy.ru/liki/

The Laboratory can be also followed on social media:
https://facebook.com/lab.liki/
https://vk.com/liki_lab

The Centre for Media Philosophy has been working since 2007 at the Institute of Philosophy at St. Petersburg State University. Director: Prof. Valery Savchuk; scientific secretary: Konstantin Ocheretyany, PhD. Researchers: Prof. Konstantin Shevtsov; Gulnara Khaidarova, D. Sc.; Daria Kolesnikova, PhD; Alexander Lenkevich; Alina Latypova, etc.

The Centre conducts annual conferences, edits books, and holds seminars on philosophy of media and other adjoining phenomena (visual ecology, photography, computer games, etc.). Moreover, the Centre regularly organizes various international and all-Russian conferences. We have established long-term relationships with colleagues from the Interdisciplinary Center for Historical Anthropology (Free University of Berlin), from Basel (Switzerland), Innsbruck (Austria), and Greifswald University (Germany), with the Catholic Center for Culture Semiotics and Media University of São Paulo (Brazil), as well as with colleagues from Serbia, Bulgaria, Belarus, and Ukraine. Over the past 10 years, a number of joint conferences have been held and several collective monographs have been published in cooperation with the Free University of Berlin.

The Centre publishes a book series “The works of the Centre for Media Philosophy”. Now it includes 14 volumes. The researchers of the Centre also published books and monographs on media, visual culture, the philosophy of photography, the philosophy of memory, the analytics of the mediated body, etc.

Within the framework of the Centre, two laboratories are working – The Laboratory for Computer Games Research and The Laboratory of Visual Ecology (organized by D. Kolesnikova).

In addition, a regular scientific seminar “Visual practices” is held. It emerged in 2001 due to the efforts of Prof. V. Savchuk, the organizer of the seminar. The secretary since 2012: A. Latypova.

The website of the Centre: http://mediaphilosophy.ru/
The Centre on Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/mediaphilosophy

CfP: Computer Games – Interfaces of Media Reality

The Centre for Media Philosophy and the Laboratory for Computer Games Research invite you to take part into the conference Computer Games: Interfaces of Media Reality. The conference is a part of the Double Games Philosophy Conference, organized together with the Game Philosophy Network, on the 21-25th October 2019 in Saint Petersburg.

Call for papers

We invite participation from scholars of different backgrounds who are interested in researching computer games through the lenses of philosophy and media philosophy, which regards them as media that organize perception in a new fashion, distinct from both traditional media and non-digital games.

We propose that the interfaces of computer games represent “experience machines” for the modification of sensibility, thought, and imagination. Questions for the discussion include:

  • How is the gaming experience constructed?
  • Which interfaces are involved in this process and how do they influence our sensibilities?
  • How can we distinguish between the mediated, immediated, and hypermediated elements of the game?
  • Can we trace the connection between the mediators that produce the gaming experience, and the contemporary episteme?
  • Is it possible through the archaeology of vision, body, and the technical elements of computer games as desiring-machines, to find out the fundamentals that underlie the current configuration of media reality?
  • How are game elements transferred to non-game contexts or other media forms (cinema, literature, professional practices, etc.)?
  • What are the boundaries of game practices?
  • How do rules, narratives, and gameplay establish a balance between freedom and necessity, between mechanisms of emancipation and those of enforcement?
  • What are player strategies of interacting with the game: from conventional and habitual practices to counterplay (masocore, speedrunning, glitchware, etc.)?

Working languages of the conference: English and Russian.

Please submit your papers (4000-6000 words) or extended abstracts (700–1000 words) before the 15st August 2019 through games.interfaces@gmail.com.
All submitted abstracts will be subject to a double-blind peer review process.

The best papers and abstracts will be recommended for the publishing in the edition based on the conference and indexed in the Russian Science Citation Index.

All questions concerning the conference please send here: games.interfaces@gmail.com. We will try to reply as soon as possible.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: 15st August.
  • Announce acceptance/rejection: 15th September.
  • Conference: 21-25th October.

Committee

Conference Chairs: Konstantin Ocheretyany (PhD, St. Petersburg State University), Alexander Lenkevich (Laboratory for Computer Games Research).

Organizing committee: Prof. Valery Savchuk, Prof. Konstantin Shevtsov, Alina Latypova, Margarita Skomorokh, Sergei Bugluck, Andrei Muzhdaba.

Contacts

For all questions, do not hesitate to contact us: games.interfaces@gmail.com