Category Archives: Call for Papers: Conferences

CFP: Literary Margins and Digital Media

The Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wrocław in cooperation with the University of Wrocław invite young scholars (PhD candidates and postdocs), to take part in the SeminarLiterary margins and digital media to be held in Wrocław (Poland) on 15-17 April 2015.

Full information is available at:  and on

CFP: Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area

36th Annual Southwest Popular / American Culture Association Conference
February 11-14, 2015
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Albuquerque, NM

The Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area welcomes papers,
panels, and other proposals on games (digital and otherwise) and their
study and development. The Area is also offering a three hour workshop
titled “Empathy Game Design: A Quick Introduction” on the first day of
the conference.

Possible topics include (but are in no way limited to):

  • Advertising (both in-game and out)
  • Alternative reality games
  • Archiving and artifactual preservation
  • Competitive/clan gaming
  • Design and development
  • Economic and industrial histories and studies
  • Educational games and their pedagogies
  • Foreign language games and culture
  • Game art/game-based art (including game sound)
  • Haptics and interface studies
  • Histories of games
  • Localization
  • Machinima
  • MOGs, MMOGs, and other forms of online/networked gaming
  • Performance
  • Pornographic games
  • Religion and games
  • Representations of race and gender
  • Representations of space and place
  • The rhetoric of games and game systems
  • Serious games
  • Strategy games
  • Table-top games and gaming
  • Technological, aesthetic, economic, and ideological convergence
  • Theories of play
  • Wireless and mobile gaming

For paper proposals: Please submit a 250 word abstract and brief
biographical sketch to the conference event management site: Make sure to select the Game
Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice topic area. The submission
deadline is 11/1/2014.

For panel and other proposals: Feel free to query the Area Chair first
(Judd Ruggill, Arizona State University, Panel and
other proposals should also be submitted to the conference event
management site and include the information requested for individual
paper proposals (each on a separate submission form), as well as a
100-word statement of the panel’s raison d’etre and any noteworthy
organizational features.

As always, proposals are welcome from any and all scholars (including
graduate students, independent scholars, and tenured, tenure-track,
and emeritus faculty) and practitioners (developers, artists,
archivists, and so forth). Also, unusual formats, technologies, and
the like are encouraged.

Graduate students accepted to present in this area may apply for the
conference’s monetary Computer Culture and Game Studies Award. The
full paper is due to the judges on 12/15/2014. For details on this
award and the conference’s other awards for graduate students, see

The Area Research Coordinator is pleased to announce this year’s Game
Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice workshop, “Empathy Game Design: A
Quick Introduction.” The workshop will be led by Carly Kocurek
(Illinois Institute of Technology). Participants will explore the
emerging genre of empathy games, which includes titles such as
_Depression Quest_, _Spent_, _That Dragon_, _Cancer_, and _dys4ia_,
and work collaboratively to conceptualize games of their own. No
technical knowledge or prior experience is necessary.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants, and the goal is for
participants to leave with a game concept and list of potential
development tools. The limited number of participants will ensure that
everyone involved will get the time and attention they need. If you
would like to enroll in the workshop, please email a 100-250 word
statement of interest to the Area Research Coordinator (Jennifer
deWinter at and Carly Kocurek (
Nota bene: There is no charge for the workshop (for registered
conference presenters/attendees).

The submission deadline is 1/15/15.

The Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice Area is international in
scope and emphasizes diversity, an openness to innovative approaches
and presentations, and the energetic practice of post-conference
collaboration and publication.

The Area Research Coordinator would like to note the following
publication opportunities for this year’s participants:

1) The SWPACA’s peer-reviewed journal, _Dialogue: The
Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy_, welcomes
submissions. Please visit for information
on the journal and submission process.

2) As an official affiliate of the SWPACA, _Reconstruction: Studies in
Contemporary Culture_ always welcomes papers, especially from new
scholars and from emerging disciplines. For more information about the
journal, visit

For more information about these opportunities, or to discuss others,
please email the Area Research Coordinator (Jennifer deWinter,

CFP: First Latin-American Biennial on Childhood and Youth, Manizales, Colombia

Call for Papers.

Child displacement, appropriation and circulation: management techniques aimed at children and their families in environments of inequality and violence

1ª Bienal Latinoamericana de Infancias y Juventudes

Manizales, Colombia

17th-21st November 2014

In Latin America, such as in other regions of the world, armed conflicts, dictatorships, political repression, the devastation produced by wars and the development of diverse mechanisms of reproductive government (Morgan & Roberts 2012) have resulted in the displacement and/or separation of numerous children from their birth families. Either through national or international adoption, foster care, and institutionalization or through the appropriation and substitution of their identities, many children have been placed in family, cultural and/or national environments that are different from those of their birth environment. Aiming at different objectives according to the diverse socio-historical and political contexts, such usually coactive practices, in some cases unprecedented, were combined with governmentalitytechniques (bureaucratic and judicial procedures) and long-standing “life policies” (Fassin 2007) (customary ways of thinking and social ideas on the “protection” and “salvation” of children and their families and/or communities). These were extended and widely accepted thanks to “truth systems” (Foucault, 1978), anchored to (disciplinary) morality standards through which private reproductive behaviors and their public expressions can be governed.

In many cases, these kinds of “critical” events (Das 1995) made visible the socio-cultural schemes that facilitated these practices of child displacement and the separation of children from their birth families. In other cases, it made it possible to get to know the historical depth of informal practices of “child circulation”, which families carried out in order to deal with the rearing of their children, as well as “vertical transfer” mechanisms, through which certain children were separated from their birth families to make them available for adoption.

In this context of analysis, this Workshop aims to:

– Contribute to the knowledge of the proceedings, explanations, moral values and legal procedures used in order to carry out and justify the separation and movement/displacement of children from their birth environments and their placement in alien filiations relationships and other socio-family realities, through diverse forms of violence (wars, practices of social engineering or reproductive governmentality).

– Deploy a comparative approach that combines theoretical discussions from the field of childhood, family and reproductivegovernmentality studies with ethnographic findings from diverse spatio-temporal contexts, in order to analyze the modalities that characterize the diverse practices of legal/illegal/coercive/voluntary/regulated circulation, as well as those of appropriation and child removal through identity substitution.

– Analyze the transnational dimension of such practices, since many children from populations devastated by to natural disasters, extreme poverty or wars are displaced to high-income countries. This practice both depends on and deepens the inequality between those who give and those who receive, a situation that, through international legislation on inter-country adoption (The Hague, 1993), has turned some countries into “providers” of children and youth to various destinations in order to fulfill different tasks.

– Analyze the diversity of actors, organizations and organisms that take part in one way or another in the deployment of these techniques, as well as deepening the analysis of notions of childhood, family, maternity, kinship, protection and rights, which function as the basis and support of such techniques.

– Deepen the processes of construction of demands of truth and justice that have been promoted in recent years by various social organizations and human rights bodies from a range of countries.

-Invigorate and expand knowledge on the modalities that have characterized the practices of child responsibility transfers, as well as deepen the debate with respect to the forms of current public policies aimed at protecting the right to personal intimacy, family living and child identity, and debates brought about the right to know one’s “

We encourage those who are interested in participating to send a title, abstract (of no more than 250 words) and a short cv until July 14 to:

Carla Villalta: or Diana Marre:


CFP: ‘Border crossings': Transitions of children and youth in times of crisis

‘Border crossings’: Transitions of Children and Youth in Times of Crisis paper session

4th International Conference on Geographies of Children, Young People and Families, San Diego, California: January 12-15, 2015

Session organiser: Helena Pimlott-Wilson (Loughborough University)

Session Theme
Global transformations are rapidly altering young peoples’ experiences of growing up (Jeffrey, 2010).   The recent economic crisis has placed pressure on national economies and labour markets throughout the world; yet, the impacts of restructuring have been uneven within nations.  In particular, the impact on children and youth is noteworthy (see Edwards and Weller 2010) as young people navigate present challenges and look towards the future.  This session aims to raise questions about the way in which the current economic downturn affects both the current lived experiences of children and youth, and their transitions in education, employment, housing and relationships.  The session conceives the over-arching conference theme of ‘borders’ in a variety of ways; including those that are abstract, experiential, imagined and tangible. While the border might be a point in time such as leaving home or seeking paid work, it might also be events of economic change, or be existing or new kinds of borders that emerge or loom as a result of such change, such as borders of poverty, partnership dissolution and un/employment.

This session aims to bring together research exploring the transitions of children and youth in austere times from a variety of (inter)national contexts.  The session aims to consider the breadth and depth of such economic change as experienced by children and youth in relation to the frontiers of the past, present and future. It will focus on how children and youth cope during such turbulent times, and how they draw on the past, present and future to do so.  It will examine how experiences, perceptions and understandings of the future and futurity according to children and youth have been shaped by recent economic changes, and likewise how they feel about the future in relation to past and on-going events.

This session will explore all aspects of transition for children and youth in the context of economic crisis.
Topics prospective contributors might wish to address include, but are not limited to:

• dimensions of the education-to-work transition including earnings, job security, occupational attainment and working conditions;

• housing and domestic transitions;

• critical approaches to aspirations;

• employment, unemployment and job insecurity (past, present and future)

• coping strategies during, and experiences of, economic change;

• changing understandings of the markers of adulthood;

Being Involved
Please send your title and abstract of a maximum of 250 words by Friday 17th July 2014 to Helena Pimlott-Wilson ( Thank you

CFP: Young People, Borders & Well-being

4th International Conference on Geographies of Children, Young People and Families

Young People, Borders & Well-Being

San Diego, California

January 12-15, 2015 

Call for Sessions, Papers and Posters:

Located on the US/Mexico border, the conference has a theme of young people, borders and well-being. We encourage delegates to explore the bordered contexts of children and young people — childhood, adulthood, intergenerational relations, politics, mobility/staying put, ethnicities, citizenship, education, labor, play, engagement and activism, etc. – in terms of the ways that they promote well-being and geographies of hope.

The conference is also open to innovative sessions that focus on experimental themes, methodologies, presentations and performances.

In addition to plenaries, special events, receptions and a banquet, the conference will comprise two and a half days of paper and poster sessions in three separate meeting rooms.

The deadline for submission to the conference program (organized sessions, papers or posters) is Friday, August 1 2014. Submissions should be received by this date.

Proposals and enquiries can be submitted to Stuart C. Aitken ( or Thomas Herman ( For sessions, papers or posters, please send abstracts of no more than 250 words. Include your affiliation and contact information. If you are organizing a session, please send the names and affiliations of participants. Each session is 100 minutes (1 hour 40 minutes), which can be divided into a variety of different formats (4 papers with discussion is suggested).

Conference Registration:

Fees for ‘early-bird’ bookings received by Friday, September 26, 2014:
$250 standard rate
$125 student rate

Fees for bookings received after Friday, September 26, 2014:
$275 standard rate
$140 student rate

The delegate registration fee includes access to all conference sessions, evening receptions and the conference banquet. The fee does not include accommodation or any pre-conference workshops/symposia. Bookings for this event are non-refundable.

Conference Hotel Rooms:

$119 special conference rate (mention the International Children’s Geographies Conference to get the special rate)

Conference Venue and Hotel: Wyndham San Diego Bayside

Further details of the conference are available via the following web link: