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January 25, 2007

E-props to Brendan Callum for sending this one along:

Race and Video Games

This call for papers is for a proposed panel to be held at (dis)junctions
2007: Malappropriation Nation, the University of California Riverside’s
14th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference on April 6-7, 2007.

This panel will explore race and video games with the intention of mapping
out some of the more pressing critical issues surrounding the inclusion or
exclusion of race in games. The game industry and game studies are both
interesting and exciting, but the discourse on race has been sparse and
focused primarily on forms of reductive representation.

Therefore, this panel is dedicated to critical works that push beyond a
focus on representation. Panelists are sought that attempt to describe and
analyze the visualization and political implications of race in games and
game cultures.

Potential contributions may involve, but are not limited to, some of the
following concepts:

1. Excessiveness
2. Invisibility/Visibility20
3. Minstrelsy
4. Political economy of games
5. Racial performance/passing
6. Logics of race at the interface and beyond
7. Default whiteness
8. Token representation
9. Blackness, Asianness, etc.
10. Masculinity and race
11. Race and gender
12. Orientalism
13. Character creation
14. Race in game design
15. Language issues
16. Cultural borrowing
17. Commodification

Submissions are encouraged that deal with any game, platform, genre,
theme, or era, as well as any aspect of game culture itself (fan networks,
review sites, manuals, peripherals, and so on).

Additionally, submissions that deal with race from different global
perspectives are of great interest.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed to Tanner Higgin at
thigg001@ucr.edu by February 16, 2007 (text in the body of the message;
please no attachments).


One comment

  1. Hi–I just found your blog and wanted to let you know that I’ve added you to my blogroll. Thank you for critically analyzing race in video games–more people need to talk about how games are racist.

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