CFP: “Occupying Crossroads”: a SDH-SEMI, CGSA, and FSAC/ACEC joint session

CGSA (Canadian Game Studies Association), SDH-SEMI (SDH/SEMI. Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs) and FSAC/ACEC (Film Studies Association of Canada / Association Canadienne d’études Cinématographiques) are co-sponsoring a cross-listed joint panel at Congress 2012 (http://congress2012.ca/) focussed on the theme of “Occupying Crossroads”. Traditionally, “crossroad” intersections are spaces of transition and choice from which a single direction needs be selected from among many. “Occupying Crossroads” references the recent “Occupy” movements that redefine transitional spaces as destinations and which create collective spaces for fruitful discussions and new partnerships/ideas. Who says that crossroads have to symbolize uncertainty? With this in mind, we would like to ask–from the standpoint of video game studies, digital humanities and film studies points of view: Is it beneficial to hold onto our unique disciplinary perspectives within comparative media environments? Do such perspectives serve as stable and helpful foundations for bridge-building, or do they unnecessarily reinforce territorial “silos” in an age of transmedia imitation, emulation and translation? We welcome proposals for papers that celebrate or resist such uncertainty and which draw from one or more of the perspectives represented by the co-sponsoring associations.

Please indicate in your proposal that you wish to be considered as part of this co-sponsored panel. Proposals that are not accepted for this special session will still be reviewed by SDH-SEMI conference organizers for possible inclusion in the broader SDH-SEMI program.

Proposals can be submitted up to 1 February 2012 through the SDH-SEMI conference site at http://www.sdh-semi.org/conference/.  See the post above for the general SDH/SEMI call for papers.