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Games and Literary Theory Conference 2013

University of Malta, Valletta Campus

31 October – 1 November 2013

Organised by

Institute of Digital Games

University of Malta


The Department of English

University of Malta

Thursday 31st October 2013

8.30 – Registration

9.30 – Welcome and Opening Addresses

Prof. Gordon Calleja (Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta) & Prof. Ivan Callus (Department of English, University of Malta)

Session 1 (9.45 – 11.00): Games, Theory, Meaning

Chair: Espen Aarseth

Meaning Effects in Video Games: Converting meaning-making tools from literary studies to game design

Jonne Arjoranta, University of Jyväskylä (Finland)

“The Game Itself?”: Towards a Hermeneutics of Computer Games

Sebastian Möring, IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

11.00 – Coffee break

Session 2 (11.30 – 12.45): Games, Theory, Reception

Chair: Daniel Vella

Pseudo and digital parapraxis in video games

Marion Haza, Université de Poitiers (France)

Implications of Online Fan-Fiction on the Mediality of Video Games and Narrative Construction

Roger Dale Jones, Justus-Liebig University (Denmark)

12.45 – Lunch

Session 3 (14.00 – 15.45): Games, Theory, Narrative

Chair: Gordon Calleja

Twisty Passages, All Different: An exploratory data-analysis of ludo-narrative genres

Espen Aarseth, IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Johs. Hjellbrekke, University of Bergen (Norway)

Demanding, Nondemanding and Extrademanding Narratives

Veli-Matti Karhulahti, University of Turku (Finland)

15.45 – Coffee break

Session 4 (16.15 – 18.15): Games. Theory, Borderlines

Chair: Ivan Callus

Ludo-Hermeneutics and the Semiotics and Ontology of Game Objects

Espen Aarseth, IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Sea and Spar and Portals Between

Stuart Moulthrop and Justin Schumaker, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (United States of America)

Incomplete Worlds: Videogames and Metafiction

Timothy J Welsh, Loyola University (United States of America)

18.15 – End


Friday 1st November 2013

9.00 – Registration

Session 5 (9.30 – 11.00): Games, Theory and the Reconceptualisation of Categories in Literary Studies I

Chair: Ivan Callus

Is that my score?: In between literature and games

Mario Aquilina, University of Malta (Malta)

Coleridge and Metal Gear: Rehabilitating suspension of disbelief for videogames

Douglas Brown, Brunel University (United Kingdom)

“I’m a writer’”: Alan Wake and the (De?)Construction of Authorship

Michael Fuchs, University of Graz (Austria)

11.00 – Coffee Break

Session 6 (11.30 – 12.30): Games, Theory and the Reconceptualisation of Categories in Literary Studies II

 Chair: Giuliana Fenech

Self-Reflexivity and Humour in Adventure Games

Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone, University of Kent (United Kingdom)

No Mastery without Mystery: Dark Souls and the Ludic Sublime

Daniel Vella, IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

12.30 – Lunch

Session 7 (14.00 – 15.30) Games, Theory and the Politico-Aesthetic

Chair: Mario Aquilina

Green Gaming: Proposals for an Ecocriticism of Digital Games’ Research Interest and Scope

Hans-Joachim Backe, RuhrUniversität Bochum (Germany)

Phobos and Deimos: An Application of Literary Fear and Terror to Video Games

Jean-Charles Ray, University Sorbonne Nouvelle (France)

An Aesthetics of Subjectivity

Daniel Vella, IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

15.30 – Coffee break

Panel (16.00 – 17.00): Games, Theory and their Conversations

Chair: Gordon Calleja

Repetitive Pleasures: Gaming and Addiction

Joyce Goggin, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

(title tbc)

Jonas Linderoth, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

17.00 – Coffee break

17.30 – Roundtable Discussion

18.30 – End


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