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Subject: Call for Posters and Demonstrations: In Play UMD - deadline of

Call For Posters and Demonstrations
In Play: A Conference
University of Maryland, College Park
March 4, 2016

Please forward this notice to all faculty and students who might be
interested in participating.

Albert Einstein wrote, “Play is the highest form of research.” In Play, a
one-day conference, explores play as the principle of innovation and
experimentation that underwrites gaming, performance, and other cultural,
social, and aesthetic activities. Key questions In Play poses include: How
can the study of computer gaming, in line with studies of other cultural
forms and productions, contribute to culture studies in the academy? How have
embodied performance and play historically enabled possibilities for both
freedom and domination, for the making as well as unmaking of societies? How
does a focus on play complicate recent scholarship on the global history of
experimental art forms?

In Play invites proposals for posters and demonstrations—conceived as
tabletop presentations involving any type of media—that investigate the
question of play. We especially encourage digital projects that supplement or
link to posters, as well as mixed media presentations, performances, games
(both digital and tabletop) and research projects. Undergraduate, graduate,
and faculty proposals are welcome. Potential interventions in play might

· Play in literature and literature as play
· Playing with gender, sexuality, race, class, or (dis)ability
· Mathematical, technological, and scientific discoveries
· Adaptations
· New Media
· Gaming and game theory
· Rule-breaking
· Playing and Pedagogy
· Subversion
· Theater and performance
· Artistic experiments
· Game designs and prototypes, whether digital or tabletop

Posters and demonstrations will be set up as the centerpiece of the
conference for the duration of the event as well as, where possible, for at
least a week beforehand.

Prizes will be awarded to student projects.

Please submit 500-word proposals or descriptions to [log in to unmask] by

Please include poster title, full name, affiliation, contact information, and
brief biography (250 words). Please inform us if you require technological
accommodation. Any questions should be directed to [log in to unmask]

Plenary speakers for In Play include:
· Patrick Jagoda, University of Chicago
· Anastatia Salter, University of Central Florida
· Julius Fleming, Jr., University of Maryland
· C. Riley Snorton, Cornell University
· McKenzie Wark, The New School

For more information, visit our website: or
follow us on Twitter

Tara Burke
Director, Research Development Resources
University of Maryland
2114C Lee Building
College Park, MD 20742
301.405.4178; 530.220.0831 (mobile)
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