Call For Papers

Space and Place Conference – September 12th

Our conference to start the academic year 2022/2023 is focused upon the theme of space and place. The conference will be a hybrid event – with the entire conference available online for those who cannot attend the University of Sunderland.

Presentations will last twenty minutes, with a ten-minute question and answer session at the end of each slot. We are currently seeking abstracts to be submitted to networkmultiplay@gmail.com by Friday 8th of July.

We ask for submissions to consist of a 300 word (maximum) proposal, including references using the Harvard reference style guide, as well as a short author biography of no more than 100 words. These should be emailed to networkmultiplay@gmail.com with the heading ‘Space and Place’.

Some prompts for abstracts include (but in no way should limit submissions):

  • Virtual worlds and shifting environments
  • Relationships between the avatar and space
  • Gaming homes – when playable characters are rooted to one place
  • How gaming places shift through time (travel)
  • Futuristic spaces – utopian or dystopian?
  • The architecture of cyberpunk games
  • The gamer as an architect – creating spaces through play

If you have any further questions, please email networkmultiplay@gmail.com

Gothic Games and Disturbing Play Conference – 26th October

In honour of one of the most exciting seasons in the calendar, MultiPlay will be hosting a themed conference on Gothic Games and Disturbing Play. This will be an online conference hosted on the evening of the 26th October.

We are currently seeking abstracts for conference presentations, focused upon horror games, disturbing play, and even horror fan communities. A fan of Resident Evil? Want to talk about the ethics of play in The Walking Dead? Now is your chance!

Presentations will last twenty minutes, with a ten-minute question and answer session at the end of each slot. We are currently seeking abstracts to be submitted to networkmultiplay@gmail.com by Friday 17th September.

We ask for submissions to consist of a 300 word (maximum) proposal, including references using the Harvard reference style guide, as well as a short author biography of no more than 100 words. These should be emailed to networkmultiplay@gmail.com with the heading ‘Gothic Games’.

Some prompts for abstracts include (but in no way should limit submissions):

  • The mechanics of horror games
  • Constructing Gothic games
  • Labyrinths and tombs in video games
  • Horror games and their relationship to environmentalism
  • Body horror, particularly related to playable characters
  • Death and/or resurrection in horror games
  • The high prevalence of pandemic games

If you have any further questions, please email networkmultiplay@gmail.com

10 Years of The Mass Effect Trilogy – Conference November 7th

To celebrate ten years since the release of the original Mass Effect 3 we are hosting an online conference on ‘N7 Day’ on the popular BioWare franchise.

We are currently seeking abstracts for conference presentations, focused upon all things Mass Effect.

Presentations will last twenty minutes, with a ten-minute question and answer session at the end of each slot. We are currently seeking abstracts to be submitted to networkmultiplay@gmail.com by Friday 23rd September.

We ask for submissions to consist of a 300 word (maximum) proposal, including references using the Harvard reference style guide, as well as a short author biography of no more than 100 words. These should be emailed to networkmultiplay@gmail.com with the heading ‘Mass Effect’.

Some prompts for abstracts include (but in no way should limit submissions):

  • The ethics of Mass Effect
  • Virtual cities and robot friends
  • Protect the pyjaks – Mass Effect and environmental causes
  • Not leaders, not marginalised – the role of humans as the middlemen in Mass Effect
  • Changing times, and changing endings – how the fans organised to change the game with Mass Effect and took power away from studios
  • Mass Effect as a multiplay experience
  • Watching disasters – Mass Effect as a streaming/viewing experience

If you have any further questions, please email networkmultiplay@gmail.com

The World Cup Conference – 1st December

To celebrate the 2022 World Cup, MultiPlay is delighted to be hosting an online conference on sports video games. Want to see academics argue over PES and FIFA? This is the conference for you!

This will be an online conference on the evening on the 1st of December.

Presentations will last twenty minutes, with a ten-minute question and answer session at the end of each slot. We are currently seeking abstracts to be submitted to networkmultiplay@gmail.com by Friday 28th October

We ask for submissions to consist of a 300 word (maximum) proposal, including references using the Harvard reference style guide, as well as a short author biography of no more than 100 words. These should be emailed to networkmultiplay@gmail.com with the heading ‘World Cup’.

Some prompts for abstracts include (but in no way should limit submissions):

  • Compulsive mechanics of sports games
  • Esports as ‘playbour’
  • The fan communities of sports games
  • Living the sports dream through avatars
  • The changing dynamics between co-op and competition modes
  • Sports games – are they video games or gambling apps?
  • The influence of sports games across the gaming sector

If you have any further questions, please email networkmultiplay@gmail.com