Call for Papers now open!

Want to present Your newest research or related artistic projects and initiate exciting discussions related to seminar themes? We welcome a broad range of topics and methods, spurring innovative and open-minded dialogue covering the themes from multiple perspectives.

Key dates

  • Oct 5th, 2018: First call for papers / abstracts not more than 500 words.
  • Oct 12th, 2018: Notifications on results of first round of abstracts.
  • Oct 31st, 2018: Deadline for full papers/presentations and exhibits with photos or other description.
  • Nov 8.–9th 2018 seminar: presentation in research track on Thu Nov 8th from 13–16.

We welcome a range of research and artistic projects!

The seminar, the game jam and various other activities promote dialogue and fruitful convergence between different types of games, gaming, art, design and research where diverse modes of games and creative practice are used as catalysts for varied human experiences.

The theme of this first seminar addresses the notion of Bestiary. In the Middle Ages, bestiaries, curiosity collections gathered information about strange living beings, stupidity, the unexplained and seemingly unnatural incidents. It was desirable to explain all kinds of misery by scientifically classifying them, so that the threatening sense of inexplicability and peculiarity could be eliminated. However, ordinary everyday life can still be quite strange, unexplained and terrifying, like a nightmare or a horror story. Monsters and oddities may well be present in someone’s daily life. By playing and developing games we question whether reality, fantasy, consciousness and the strange world of dreams and stories can be distinguished from one another.

The development of games and gaming requires an inventive and innovative attitude, combining a wide range of skills and thoughts. Game development requires a mind receptive and open to different opinions and ideas of culture, practice and research all serving to experiment and experience. The aim of the seminar is to summon a new kind of event based on experimental culture and multidisciplinary research and a curious human mind.

Game development calls for an open dialogue and the ability to accept something new and foreign to yourself. The first Creative World seminar in Southeast Finland University of Applied Sciences, Creative Industries, is about to challenge you right now to question, discover, and explore the world of games. If you recognize yourself, join the team. Welcome to Kouvola!

We invite explorative presentations, papers, innovative, performative and any kind of presentable ideas and concepts, works of art, videos, music etc. that can be presented and discussed during the sessions of the seminar. We encourage broad perspectives that relate to the topics of the seminar:

(1) Explorative papers/presentations including works of art within the field of games in various forms.

These type of papers and presentations must be submitted together with works of art, artifacts, or documentation of artistic processes and must contribute to the understanding of the multiple world of games.

Each submission must include a separate description (100 words max) and visual or sound material such as photographs or video. The submission should also entail explanation of the related equipment required to display this material. All contributions will be blind reviewed. To facilitate the review process, authors are responsible for removing any identifying information from their submissions that might lead a reviewer to discern their identities or affiliations.

(2) Methodological and theoretical papers related to the conference themes.

Papers can be and are encouraged to include multi-disciplinary perspectives, and can range from game design to areas like design, media, education and pedagogy, business and economics to philosophy and anthropology.

The papers will be blind reviewed. To facilitate the review process, authors are responsible for removing any identifying information from their submissions that might lead a reviewer to discern their identities or affiliations.

For more info please contact

Dr. Tiina Nevanperä, Researchc Manager
tiina.nevanpera@xamk.fi
p. 044 702 8330

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