Our third annual conference will take place in Edmonton at the
Varscona Hotel on October 11 & 12, 2017 and we would love for you to join us.

This year we are working on building connections between and across ReFiG research projects, so we are asking participants to pre-read a set of completed papers that we will distribute a month in advance of the meetings. Completed papers are reports, normally 10-15 pages, from our community on their funded projects across our four sectors: Games and Culture, the Games Industry, Informal Learning Environments and Formal Education.

For “Completed ReFiG Projects”, please submit a title and a 500-word abstract (not including references) here by June 30th, and provide us with a full paper by September 15th for advance distribution to conference participants. These papers will be presented in plenary sessions, and selected papers will be invited for publication in Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association.

In addition to sharing completed papers, we have a second application stream for “Work in-Progress”, and this stream is open to all, not just to ReFiG funded researchers. If you are applying under this stream, please prepare a title and a 250-word abstract (not including references) and submit here by July 15th.

This year we will hold a series of workshops in the form of concurrent roundtables pairing authors doing related work, with specialists in those areas of interest. We ask “Work-in-Progress” authors to submit a draft paper (5-10 pages) in advance of the meetings, by September 15, so that suitable ‘mentors’ can be selected and others in their roundtable can pre-read the set of works to be discussed.

Authors will be asked to present a “lightning” version of their works in-progress–no more than 5 minutes–after which roundtable ‘chairs’, experts in our community, will work with presenters to make connections between and among the works, and to help develop ideas, methods, or whatever other aspects of the work you may need or want, suggestions and support. Selected draft papers will be invited for a special “Work in Progress” section of Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association. The workshops will be open to interested others, who need not be presenting in that roundtable to participate in the discussion.

So that’s it: two streams. One for Completed ReFiG Projects (June 30) and one for Works in Progress (July 15), both to submit either final paper or short draft by September 15 for distribution, enabling participants to pre-read the work. This, we very much hope, will both deepen our engagement with the work, enable us to make and find connections with our respective ReFiG research projects, and provide stronger help and support for one another’s work.

If you have any questions please email us at: [email protected]

See you in October!

Team ReFiG