International Conference Series in Games and Literary Theory

Fourth Annual Conference

Kraków, Poland

November 18-20 2016

Games and Literary Theory is an annual conference for scholars of literature interested in expanding the scope of literary theory, and game scholars concerned with adapting the methodological and theoretical approaches of literary theory for the study of games.

This year it is our honour and pleasure to invite researchers interested in games and literary theory to the Faculty of Polish Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, for the third annual Games and Literary Theory conference. Previous conferences were held in Malta (2013), Amsterdam (2014) and New Orleans (2015).

This year’s conference will focus on practices of interpretation and close gaming. We understand literary theory as a discipline engaged in general approaches to literature as a practice and as an institution, along with the production and enhancement of reading techniques. Many such reading techniques have successfully been applied in game studies (i.e. semiotics, pragmatics, hermeneutics, formalism, rhetoric, feminism, postcolonial studies), and continue to offer productive critical tools for exploring both games and literary texts. At the same time, however, interpretations of games often serve as case studies that demonstrate the validity of theoretical reasoning, while taking little interest in games in their own right.

Therefore, this year Games and Literary Theory encourages participants to use existing tools for presenting theoretically coherent and intellectually productive close readings and interpretations of specific games. We also welcome proposals that address topics in theory, or more general issues that may be instrumental in bringing together literary theory and game studies.

Abstracts of at least 300 and no more than 700 words (excluding the bibliography), may be submitted via Easychair until 22 May 2016. Abstracts will undergo a double-blind review, so submissions must not contain any personal identity information (e.g. references to your own publications). Abstracts will NOT be considered for review if they contain such personal identity information.

Letters of acceptance or rejection may be expected in July 2016.

Please send your questions or comments to: gameslit16@gmail.com

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