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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Video Gaming and Religion Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

Just like films helped to illuminate and expose the religiosity of the twentieth century, video games now depict the religious within the twenty-first century. “Video games” describes electronic forms of play across all platforms, from personal computers, consuls to mobile devices. Often in the religious studies video gaming is not taken seriously. We aim to correct this by establishing and maintaining a multidisciplinary network for the discussion of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and video gaming. We will collect, systematize and develop the various recent multidisciplinary approaches to research and teaching. We have two specific deliverables for the end of the five-year period. First, we will craft an edited volume, tentatively titled Video Games and Religion: Methods and Approaches that will bring together the cutting edge work of leading scholars in this emerging field. Second, we will publish our results from our seminar in a special issue of the online journal gamevironments.

Call for Papers: 

The Video Gaming and Religion Seminar invites both organized sessions and individual paper proposals that explore the intersections of religion and video gaming. We strongly encourage presentations that use the following format: a short descriptive introduction, actual play of the game, or, alternatively, presenting the topic in some other hands-on manner, and finally, an analysis. This year, we encourage presentations that address the following topics:

● Virtual Reality/Religion

● Video Gaming, Religion, and Time

● Video Gaming and Value Systems

● Religion, Video Gaming, Race, and Gender

● Video Gaming and Religious Institutions

● Video Gaming, Religion, and Education

Method: 
PAPERS
Other: 
For more information please contact Gregory Grieve (UNC Greensboro, gpgrieve@uncg.edu) or Kerstin Radde-Antweiler (Universität Bremen, radde@uni-bremen.de).
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee