Call for Papers: Video Games and Cultural Heritage

Special Issue, intended for International Journal of Heritage Studies (Taylor & Francis) edited by Xenia Zeiler and Suzie Thomas (University of Helsinki)

In this themed issue we explore the relationships between video games and the representation, interpretation, construction and creation of cultural heritage. Areas open to discussion and analysis can cover the whole spectrum of video games, from digital tools with educational content, augmented and virtual reality (VR and AR), mobile apps to various single or multiplayer gaming scenarios. As much as we define video games in a broad way, cultural heritage is also understood in broad, holistic terms, including intangible heritage, state-sanctioned heritage representations and so-called dissonant or ambivalent heritage.

We invite submissions that relate to this broad but targeted theme, including but not limited to papers that consider the following questions:

What types of heritage identities, representations, constructions and/or applications are expressed in video games?
Does heritage representation in video games affect public understandings and world views? How?
How do video game developers interact with, draw upon or create cultural heritage in their work?
How are heritage organizations and other memory institutions engaging with video games in their interactions with the public?
What is the relationship between video games, cultural heritage and value systems?

We welcome submissions from different disciplinary backgrounds. Please submit a structured abstract of ca. 500 words, a 250 word bio and 3-5 keywords by 15th February 2019, to both editors, suzie.e.thomas_at_helsinki.fi and xenia.zeiler_at_helsinki.fi. Decisions will be made and authors notified by 15th March 2019.

Structured abstract and paper content:

Definition of cultural heritage in the context of the proposed article
Definition of video games in the context of the proposed article
Theoretical framework(s)
Research question(s)
Method(s)
Sample and/or material
Conclusion and discussion

Yujie Zhu
The Concept(s) of Heritage The Thirteenth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage

The Thirteenth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage - The concept(s) of heritage
13-15 December 2019.
Canberra, Australia.
The thirteenth installment of the International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage will be held at the Australian National University at Canberra, under the scientific direction of Dr Jessica Mace and Dr Yujie Zhu. The conference wishes to examine the concept(s) of heritage, its various meanings, interpretations and uses across the globe. It primarily seeks to examine the ontologies of heritage, i.e. how the concept of heritage has changed over time, how is it changing presently, and what this might bring for the future.Young researchers across all disciplines and nations are invited to submit proposals for 20–minute papers based on any aspect of the concept of heritage, from comparative case studies to theoretical analyses, that will instigate further discussions and reflections. Proposals should be no more than 500 words, accompanied by a title and a short biography, and must be sent to patrimoine@uqam.ca by January 1, 2019. Proposals can be in either English or French, but it is recommended that papers be presented in English. All proposals will be evaluated by a scientific committee and judged in relation to their originality and to the conference theme. Travel expenses may be partially subsidized, subject to budgetary restrictions. As with the previous twelve conferences, it is possible that the best papers presented at the conference may be scientifically evaluated and published in an edited volume.
https://patrimoine.uqam.ca/actualite/the-thirteenth-international-conference-of-young-researchers-in-heritage-2019-call-for-paper/

Yujie Zhu
Conference: Folklore and the NationThe annual conference of The Folklore Society

Folklore and the Nation
The annual conference of The Folklore Society
29-31 March 2019.
University of Derby, United Kingdom.
Call for papers—first deadline Sunday 9 December, 2018
The conference will like to examine how, why and when folklore has been deployed in the context of national ideologies and ideas of nationhood. The conference accommodates the use of folklore in exclusionary and disciplinary deployments of nationalism, whilst remaining open to flexible definitions of nationalism, in the form of solidarity, ethnicity, diaspora and nations within nations. It welcomes perspectives from Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Ethnology, Ethnomusicology, History, Literary Studies, Sociology and other disciplines. It also invites contemporary and historical understandings of the many connections between folklore and the nation. Contributions might look at the local and the national, links and similarities between nations and the role of gender and sexualities, in addition to traditional forms such storytelling, folk song, dance and costume, amongst others. 
Proposals of 100–150 words, for presentations of 20 minutes, should be emailed to:
thefolkloresociety@gmail.com and copied to enquiries@folklore-society.com. Please include a brief biographical note, including contact details.
For more information: https://folklore-society.com/event/folklore-and-the-nation/#

Yujie Zhu
CFP: 7th International and Interdisciplinary Emotional Geographies Conference

Western Sydney University has the privilege to host the 7th International and Interdisciplinary Emotional Geographies Conference at Parramatta South Campus. This well-known international conference showcases interdisciplinary scholarship that addresses and advances the field of emotional geographies. The conference is linked to the international journal Emotion, Space and Society, published by Elsevier, which Professor Andrew Gorman-Murray (SSAP) co-edits with Dr Kye Askins (University of Glasgow) and Associate Professor Kate Swanson (San Diego State University). The conference has been held previously at: Lancaster, UK, 2002; Kingston, Canada, 2006; Adelaide, Australia, 2010; Groningen, The Netherlands, 2013; Edinburgh, UK, 2015; and Long Beach, USA, 2017. Building on a lineage of internationalisation and interdisciplinarity, the seventh conference promises to provide a forum for researchers from different disciplines to investigate and explore the role of emotion and affect in social and spatial processes.

 

About Western Sydney University and the Conference Theme

The geography discipline at Western Sydney University is rated 4 (above world standard) in the Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) framework, and is ranked in the Top 200 globally by the QS University Rankings. Western Sydney University has diverse, multidisciplinary expertise in emotional geographies, encompassing researchers from a range of disciplines, including geography, heritage studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and educationWork within emotional geographies speaks to Western Sydney University’s four research themes: Urban Living and Society, Health and Wellbeing, Education and Work, and Environment and Sustainability. The 7th International and Interdisciplinary Emotional Geographies Conference provides an excellent setting to enrich the engagement of emotional geographies with these research themes.

Yujie Zhu
Conference on "Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe," June 19-21, 2019 in Groningen, Netherlands

Conference on "Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe," which the Centre for Religion and Heritage at the University of Groningen is organizing together with leading Dutch and international heritage organizations: Groningen Historic Churches Foundation, Museum Catharijneconvent, Jewish Historical Quarter (JCK), and the Future for Religious Heritage. It will take place from June 19-21, 2019 in Groningen, Netherlands.

It is our aim to create a forum for the exchange of ideas between scholars and heritage professionals on topics related to heritage work in a rapidly changing European religious landscape. In this spirit, we are seeking contributions from heritage organizations who have thought about issues of diversity, secularization, outreach and can share their experiences. The enclosed call for papers outlines some questions and requests submissions. We are also open to other forms of engagement, for example through participation in roundtable discussions.

We would be pleased if you would circulate this announcement via your networks. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lieke Wijnia (l.wijnia@rug.nl), who is the organizer of the conference.

To coincide with the conference, we are also hosting a university summer school together with the International Network for Interreligious Research and Education (INIRE).

 

Yujie Zhu