[Humanist] 30.844 feminist war games? cfp

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Fri Mar 24 08:51:10 CET 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 844.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:56:00 +0000
        From: Jon Saklofske <jon.saklofske at acadiau.ca>
        Subject: "Feminist War Games?" book Call for Proposals/Contributions

Call for Proposals

Feminist War Games?:
Mechanisms of War, Feminist Values, and Interventional Games

A collection edited by Jon Saklofske, Dene Grigar, Jon Bath, and Alyssa Arbuckle

Can a feminist war game exist? War, a traditional arena of violent hypermasculinity, is an essential site for asking critical questions about masculinist systems, objectifying economies, and mediated representations. Simply increasing the presence of female "warrior" characters in war games continues to normalize the mechanism of war while extending its "inclusiveness" to groups that have traditionally been marginalized and victimized by it. Alternatively, interventional games motivated by feminist values have the potential to deform, critique and re-humanize the dehumanizing and objectifying functions of traditional military systems, ideologies, and narratives. In doing so, different opportunities arise to pluralize perspectives, confront complexity, and provoke alternative models of perception, representation, and engagement.

These are the questions that form the basis of Feminist War Games?: Mechanisms of War, Feminist Values, and Interventional Games. The idea for this volume is born out of the provocative keynote panel given by Jon Saklofske, Anastasia Salter, Liz Losh, and Diane Jakacki at the joint conference of the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) and Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) that took place during the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, B.C. in June 2016. Extending these initial provocations, the editors of this volume invite contributions that consider how mechanisms of war, game narratives, and inclusive feminist values might denaturalize and reframe narratives of war in spaces of programmed play. Essays should be between 3000-5000 words in length. The volume is intended for The University of Illinois Press' Topics in the Digital Humanities series.

Call for Abstracts: March 24-May 15, 2017
Prepare Proposal: May 15-June 15, 2017
Proposal Sent to Publisher: June 16, 2017
Deadline for Essays: August 21, 2017
Edit Essays: August 22-September 25, 2017
Final Essay Drafts Due: October 27, 2017
Book to Publisher: November 6, 2017
Structure of the Book:
Feminist War Games?: Mechanisms of War, Feminist Values, and Interventional Games Is structured into three sections:
1. Provocations: Essays from the June 2016 keynote panel
2. Reflections: Broader scholarly community contributions resulting from this CFP
3. Interventions: March 2017 Game Jam contributions, postmortems, and reflections

Please send your 250-500 word abstract, a short biographical note, and any questions to feministwargames at gmail.com<mailto:feministwargames at gmail.com>   by May 15, 2017.

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