Program & Presenters

Presenter Biographies
Presention Abstracts

FRIDAY, November 20th

– Breakfast –

Friday, 8:00am–9:30am
Conference menu

– Session A –

Friday, 9:30am–11:00am

The Possible World Poetics: Towards a Theory of Games Modalities
Michał Żmuda (University of Rzeszow, Poland)

Towards a Historical Analysis of the Video Game Experience. Documenting Fundamental Gameplay Components through Semantic and Structural Analysis
Carl Therrien (Université de Montréal, Canada)

Ink and Paper pos(tur)ing as interactivity and pixels. Transwriting video games in comics
Gabriel Tremblay-Gaudette (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)
Diego La Manna (Université de Montréal, Canada)

– Session B –

Friday, 11:10am–12:40pm

The Unadaptable Text: Postmodern Metanarrative in the iOS game Device 6
Santiago Parga Linares (City University of New York, USA)

Post-structuralism and Video Games: I’m Sorry, but Your Theory is in Another Paper
Luke Bernfeld (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

Failure, Loss, Loop: Negative Feedback and the Affect of Uncanny Games in The Stanley Parable
Kristopher Purzycki (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)

– Lunch –

Friday, 12:45pm–1:30pm
Conference menu

– Session C –

Friday, 1:30pm–3:10pm

Literary-Ludic Reading: Is There a Feminist Poetics of Interface?
Kathi Berens (Portland State University, USA)

Dissertation Over: Expanding ‘the Creative Involvement’ in Game Studies
Stuart Moulthrop (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)

Code Reuse and Intertextuality in Jason Rohrer’s Games
Dylan Lederle-Ensign (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)

– Session D –

Friday, 3:20pm–5:00pm

When Lions Speak: Representations of Non-Human Avatars in Digital Games
Alex Duncan (New York University, USA)

Player/Hero/Avatar: Interaction with the Game Protagonist between ‘Half-Another’s Experience’ and ‘Double-Voiced Discourse’
Tomasz Z. Majkowski (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland)

An Act of Selflessness: Social Reform in Thomas Was Alone
Karina Popp (New York University, USA)

– Keynote –

Friday, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Fifty Shades of Play: Interpreting the Ludo-Variorum
Espen Aarseth (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

What happens when literary theory meets games? The talk will trace the academic reception of computer games from 1985 to the present, and discuss some key challenges produced by this encounter.

– Reception –

Friday, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Conference menu

SATURDAY, November 20th

– Breakfast –

Saturday, 8:00am–9:30am
Conference menu

– Session E –

Saturday, 9:30am–11:00am

The Functions of Fantasy in eSports
Veli-Matti Karhulahti (University of Turku, Finland)

Looking Down: Negotiating the De/situated City in Murakami and Deus Ex
Andrew Kulak (Virginia Tech University, USA)

The Shifting Dungeons of Doom: Exploring Procedural Content Generation in Rogue
Jonathan Pagnutti (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
Dylan Lederle-Ensign (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)

– Session F –

Saturday, 11:10am–12:40pm

“Explaining processes with other processes.” On Procedurality, Signification, and Meta-Referentiality
Hans-Joachim Backe (IT University, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Disgust as a Form of Affect from the Transmedia Perspective of The Walking Dead
Isabelle Lefebvre (Université de Montréal, Canada)

– Lunch –

Saturday, 12:45pm–1:30pm
Conference menu

– Session G –

Saturday, 1:30pm–3:10pm

The Embodied Features of Reading and Game Play in Entropy8Zuper!’s Sixteenpages and Moulthrop’s Deep Surface
Michele White (Tulane University, USA)

+1 to Conversation: Adaptation, Simulation and Choice Design in Interactive Fiction
Vanessa Briceño (Barlovento Foundation, USA)

Videogaming in(to) Literature: ‘Virtual CorpoReality’ in Chloé Delaume’s Corpus Simsi
Laurent Milesi (Cardiff University, Wales)

– Session H –

Saturday, 3:20pm–5:00pm

A Civilization of One’s Own: How Game Mechanics Create Feminist Storytelling Spaces in Sid Meier’s Civilization V
Amanda Alexander (University of Minnesota, USA)
Laurel Jean (Humboldt State University, USA)

Critical Mass: Bioware, Backlash, and the Narratives of Imagined Collectivity
Jeffery M. Brown (University of the Sciences, USA)

Revitalizing the Chronotope: Demystifying the Narrative Structure of Ludic Textuality
Johansen Quijano (Tulsa Community College, USA)

– Roundtable –

Saturday, 5:30pm–6:30pm
Conference menu

Espen Aarseth (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Ziva Ben-Porat (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Joyce Goggin (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands)


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