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Women in Games calls for papers

2009 conference to take place at Brunel University in early September

The organisers of this year's Women in Games conference has issued a call for papers for the event, which will take place alongside DIGRA at Brunel University in early September.

This year's event will be its fifth, and the organisers are hoping to increase the audience by running a series of activities in parallel with key games events.

"To date the themes addressed by feminist game studies can be broadly themed in work on gendered activity in digital games and feminine preference in play style and game characteristics," read a statement. "Other key studies look to gender equity in game making and to the wider context of access to games.

"From Brenda Laurel's work in the early 90s onwards (long pre-dating any such thing as games studies); critics, commentators and the academy have offered theories and observations on the difference in play habits, styles and consumption of digital gaming exhibited by women and girls. Yet well into our second decade of work in this area what can we say we have learnt?

"We believe that the time is ripe to return to core values in discussions around histories, difference and generation in game space."

The deadline for submission is April 30, with more information available on the DIGRA website.

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