DiGRA India Conference 2022

We are currently accepting abstracts for work-in-progress papers until 15th October, 2022.

We are happy to announce the return of the DiGRA India Conference for this year! This time the theme is:

Videogames, Science Fiction and India.

Call For Papers:

Following the recent spurt of activity around Indian Science Fiction or Speculative Fiction, a genre that was largely relegated to the fringes of intellectual discussion has now emerged in its own right in both philosophical and pedagogical terms. With what used to be confined to Indian vernacular languages now entering the domain of English, many interesting perspectives are being explored, especially in postcolonial and decolonial paradigms. Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay describes kalpavigyan, an Indian neologism for science fiction that seems to have a Sanskrit etymology but is indeed a very new cultural construct. Although, as Adrienne Shaw comments, there is no special word for gamers and gaming in Indian languages, videogames have also started enjoying unprecedented popularity in India in recent times. In many cases, there is also an overlap between the genres as scholars such as Pawel Frelik, David Mead and Neil Tringham have demonstrated. Very little, however, has been done in exploring the connections between science fiction and videogames in India and this year’s DiGRA India Conference wishes to address this gap in research.

We welcome abstracts on any aspect connecting science fiction and videogames (preferably but not necessarily related to Indian science fiction and videogames). Topics may include but not be restricted to the following:

-Science fiction and videogames in Indian culture

-Reading gender, sexuality, caste, and religion in science fiction and video games in India

-Strategy games and science fiction

-Representations of empire in science fiction

-Science fiction, videogames and the Anthropocene

-Horror, science fiction, and videogames

-Alternate history and videogames

-Imagined futures in videogames

We would love your paper submissions for the Conference. Please send us abstracts for less than 300 words (and five keywords that will help us determine the focus area) are to be sent to digraindiaconference@gmail.com by 20th September 2022. The proposed dates for the conference are 26th and 27th November.

Like the previous conference, this one will also be held online.

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