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Call for Papers: Creative Gamers - Exploring Participatory Culture in Gaming
Game modifications ('mods'), game fan sites, gamer community web pages, player created productions such as machinima (short movies created with game engines) have grown in popularity and significance. This development can be interpreted to reflect the larger transformations in the user–producer relations and the landscape of media production in general.
We invite proposals for presentations at the "Creative Gamers Seminar" organized by University of Tampere Hypermedia Laboratory's Game Research Lab. The possible list of topics includes but is not limited to:
We strongly encourage submissions from graduate students. Early considerations from projects currently in progress are most welcome.
The two-day event consists of themed sessions that aim to introduce current research projects and discuss the potentials and limitations of gamer creativity. The seminar will be chaired by Research Director Frans Mäyrä (Hypermedia Laboratory, University of Tampere). Paper commentators include Professor Henry Jenkins (Comparative Media Studies, MIT), and Professor Mikko Lehtonen (Media Culture, University of Tampere). In the first day there will be public lecture by professor Jenkins on "War Between Effects and Meaning", at the Games and Storytelling lecture series, which will be open for everyone.