Call for Papers: The Middle Ages in Modern Games: Twitter Conference
The Public Medievalis and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance at the University of Winchester are pleased to sponsor the Middle Ages in Modern Games Twitter Conference (@MidAgesModGames. #MAMG21) on 25 to 28 May 2021
Games are a potent tool for the exploration of the Middle Ages and Medievalism.
Digital and physical games often provide the deepest engagement of their player's experience of the medieval world They can be potent tools for education and research. The period provides a wealth of source material for developers and madders, The Middle Ages present a vast potential for games and vice versa but, as demonstrated acutely in recent years, the combination can easily be exclusionary and harmful․
This conference considers the Medieval and Medievalism in Modem Games Following the success of the conference last year we invite 'papers' (comprising a thread of 12 Tweets) that address any aspects of the medieval period or medievalism in any and all forms of modern games. The conference will be conducted remotely and there will be no registration fee.
Topics may include (but are not restricted to):
- The 'Dark Ages'as setting and trope
- Colonialism and imperialism in games
- Modeling medieval society
- Medievalism in sci-fi worlds
- Queerness in games and gaming
- Game development and modification
- Global settings and perspectives
- Gaming culture and politics
- Race, Whiteness, and indigeneity in Ludie Theory
- Historical conservation through games
- Games for education and research
We encourage submissions from medievalists, games and media scholars, and game developers at any point in their career. Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, and members of any groups under-represented within the academy and industry are particularly welcome. We also welcome pieces dealing with any region of the globe, and within a broad definition of 'medieval' including the fantasy genre."
Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words and brief biographies as attachments in Word to Robert.Houghton@Winchester.ac.uk by Friday 9 April.