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The Philosophy of Computer Games Conference series

The Philosophy of Computer Games Conference series

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The Philosophy of Computer Games Conference series is a series of
international conferences devoted to the development of a field of
philosophical discussion of key concepts in game research. Being the
only conference series with this focus, it has gained international
recognition as a venue of serious philosophical discussion on a wide
range of issues linked to computer games. Currently the conferences in
the series implement rigorous peer review practice to ensure the
relevance of accepted submissions to established traditions of both
philosophy and game research.

The Philosophy of Computer Games Conference series is a series of
international conferences devoted to the development of a field of
philosophical discussion of key concepts in game research. Being the
only conference series with this focus, it has gained international
recognition as a venue of serious philosophical discussion on a wide
range of issues linked to computer games. Currently the conferences in
the series implement rigorous peer review practice to ensure the
relevance of accepted submissions to established traditions of both
philosophy and game research.

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The Philosophy of Computer Games Conference series
2005-2011About the conference series The Philosophy of Computer Games Conference series is a series of international conferences devoted to the development of a field of philosophical discussion of key concepts in game research. Being theonly conference series with this focus, it has gained internationalrecognition as a venue of serious philosophical discussion on a widerange of issues linked to computer games. Currently the conferences inthe series implement rigorous peer review practice to ensure therelevance of accepted submissions to established traditions of bothphilosophy and game research.Papers from the various conferences (excluding 2005) in the series arearchived online, and in more recent years they have been publishedwith an ISBN number. Paper presentations will be video recorded andmade available online alongside the proceedings. Some years, theconference program has included a discussion panel intended for abroader audience, a PhD student workshop, and alternativepresentation types (“invited speakers” and “the author defends herviews”), and has been accompanied by surrounding events on thetopic of computer games.History The series originates in a workshop
“The Third PlaceComputer games and our conception of the real
organized as a collaboration of Filosofisk Prosjektsenter in Oslo, Norway, the Center for ComputerGames Research, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and theDepartment of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, Universityof Oslo in May 2005. This workshop served to consolidate the coregroup of researchers and institutions at present involved indevelopment of the conference series. This group has since beenexpanded through contacts made during subsequent conferences inthe series. To complement and support the work of the core group, an
 
Advisory Board was formed in 2011, consisting of a number of leadinginternational experts in the fields of computer games and philosophy.Events by yearBelow is a brief chronological account of the conferences organized sofar.2005
 
Dates20-21 MayTitle
“The Third Place” – Computer games and our conception of the real 
LocationCopenhagen, DenmarkHost institutionCenter for Computer Games, IT University of CopenhagenDuration2 daysNo. of audience20No. of speakers12Keynote speakersNoneWebsitehttp://www.fps.no/gameconference2005.html
2007
Dates25-27 JanuaryThemesComputer game entitiesPlayer ExperienceThe Ethics of Computer GamesLocationReggio Emilia, ItalyHost institutionDepartment of Social, Quantitative and Cognitive Sciences, University ofModena and Reggio EmiliaDuration3 daysNo. of audience70No. of speakers24Keynote speakersEspen AarsethWebsitehttp://game.unimore.it/game/Benvenuto.html NotesThe conference was mentioned on the Italian RAI P2 radio program“Giocando”, where there was an interview with Patrick Coppock asconference coordinator, and also in the local press in Reggio Emilia andModena.
2008
DatesMay 8-10ThemesAction/SpaceEthics/PoliticsThe Magic CircleLocationPotsdam, GermanyHost institutionUniversity of Potsdam, Institute for Art and Media, European Media Studies,Digarec Digital Games Research CenterDuration3 daysNo. of audience200No. of speakers21
 
Keynote speakersIan Bogost, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USARichard Bartle, University of Essex, UKJesper Juul, New York University, USAWebsitehttp://onscreendisplay.net/gamephilosophy/SponsorsMedienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbHNotesThe conference was accompanied by the Open Worlds Panel, intended fora broader game development audience. After this event, philosophy ofcomputer games was also discussed in German press. Especially thearticles of Johannes Thumfart in the Berliner Zeitungand Janine Wagner on Heute.deare worth noting.
2009
Dates13-15 AugustThemesFictionality and InteractionDefining Computer GamesEthical and Political IssuesLocationOslo, NorwayHost institutionDepartment of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at theUniversity of OsloDuration3 daysNo. of audience80No. of speakers26Keynote speakersKendall Walton, University of Michigan, USAMiguel Sicart, IT University of Copenhagen, DenmarkGrant Tavinor, Lincoln University, New ZealandWebsitehttp://gamephilosophy.org/ NotesThis conference was preceded by a pre-conference workshop for PhDstudents organised by Nordic Game Research Network.
2011
Year2011Dates6-8 AprilThemesPlayer-Avatar IdentityIdentity and Conceptions of the SelfIdentity and ImmersionIdentity, Artifacts and MemoryLocationAthens, GreeceHost institutionDepartment of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at theUniversity of OsloDuration3 daysNo. of participantsNo. of papers23Keynote speakersMia Consalvo, MIT, USAEric Olson, University of Sheffield, UKDavid M. Myers, Loyola University of New Orleans, USAWebsitehttp://2011.gamephilosophy.org/SponsorsPCMasterElCulture.grGNet.grBaxas Graphic ArtsNotesThis conference was accompanied by the Hellenic Game Developers

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