2:00 – 5:00 | University of California, Irvine. Emerald Bay C | Wednesday, October 4, 2017
3 hours | 25 Participant Maximum
*Space is limited, please apply by August 31, 2017.
The recent electoral upset and subsequent cultural divide in the US has left scholars across all domains uneasy about the role of scholarly discourse in contemporary public discussion and unsure about their professional contribution to the rising social and political problems of our time: alternative facts and propaganda, satire instead of serious discourse, a politics of anger and resentment, the resurgence of racism and sexism, voter suppression, right wing media bias, and a reckless tweeting president. Are games and game culture part of the problem? part of the solution? Both? Or are they utterly irrelevant? What ought to be our most pressing agenda right now as we face the threat of constitution crisis, a cynical public, and an increasing divide between isolationists and globalists?
In this workshop, we explore the contributions games for impact could or should make to the pressing social and political issues of this new Trump era. Topics include both constructive and critical views, including but not limited to: information literacy beyond game forums, the perils of theorycrafting in the age of information echo chambers, games for civic participation, the perils of gamification of governance, games as a simulated surrogate for social activism, and the problem of transfer from virtual to political efficacy.
Short essays (500-1,500 words) will form the basis for our workshop. The DML workshop will focus on discussion and debate of the collection of essays and synthesis across the positions to enable a co-drafted manifesto for action. We welcome submissions from a variety of disciplinary approaches and learning organizations. Applicants to the workshop will submit short papers, and selected papers will be published in online proceedings for the workshop. Papers can include case studies, worked examples, and research papers. Participants will also be invited to submit a longer paper to be considered for a professional journal.
Workshop structure: lunch, firehose presentations, small group discussions, debate and synthesis. There will be a beach bonfire event that evening with other workshop participants; separate tickets will be made available on the website later this summer.
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