Call for Doctoral Scholars and Early Career Professionals: DBMK workshop on gender, diversity and serious games

Call for Doctoral Scholars and Early Career Professionals: DBMK workshop on gender, diversity and serious games

When:  April 23-24, 2015

Where: University of Pennsylvania, US

DeadlineAbstract due on Friday, February 20th at 11:59pm

The interest in serious gaming has increased exponentially in the last ten years as evidenced by the number of policy initiatives, conference meetings and publications in industry and academia. More importantly, many large-scale efforts supported by industry and foundations are now underway to develop and implement serious games and virtual worlds. These developments come with increased responsibilities to making serious gaming accessible and inclusive for all. As digital games are being developed for K-12, new charter school designs adopt gaming approaches, and participation in gaming is seen as a springboard into becoming more technologically fluent, we need to better understand how gender intersects with race to be inclusive and broaden participation in schooling and computing. There is also a pressing need to examine the leisure activities related to interest and investment in STEM, which include gaming.

Doctoral students and early career scholars to submit extended abstracts of 1000 words of a paper or a game demo, which will be presented as posters during the workshop and the public panel on April 24th. Research and designs should focus on or extend our understanding of race, gender, and sexuality in relation to gaming. Abstracts are due on Friday, February 20th at 11:59pm. Any inquiries can be directed to dbmk15@gmail.com.

This NSF-funded workshop will occur at the University of Pennsylvania from April 23-24. All accepted participants will have their travel and hotel paid for through the workshop grant.

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