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ASA Funds Workshop on the Philosophy of Games

Tuesday, October 29, 2019  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce that the ASA Board of Trustees has approved a grant of $7,000 in support of the Workshop on the Philosophy of Games at the University of Central Oklahoma April 3-4,2020. The Workshop is organized by Christopher Bartel (Appalachian State University) and Mark Silcox (University of Central Oklahoma).

The Workshop, which will build on work at the ASA-funded Workshop on the Philosophy of Games at Utah State University in 2016, aims to ensure that the philosophical study of aesthetics is central to the North American game studies community.

A Call for Proposals will be available shortly and will be announced on the ASA web site and other venues. It is expected that 8 to 10 papers, each no more than 3,000 words in length, will be accepted. Papers will be distributed in advance and each speaker will have ample time for the discussion of their paper, along with a formal commentator. ASA funds will be used to provide travel support for presenters. It is anticipated that the submission deadline will be February 1, 2020.

The organizers aim to bring together a diverse range of scholars from fields like Philosophy, Psychology, Media Studies, Communication Studies, Computer Science, and Literary Studies all focused on the aesthetics of games.  Another project goal is to increase ASA membership and data will be collected in cooperation with the ASA National Office to assess the effectiveness of these efforts.

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