Videogames and Digital Media at SCMS 2011

Are you going to the 2011 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference? If you are, you'll be glad to know there's a good representation of videogames and related topics on the schedule. This is thanks, mainly, to the nascent Video Game Studies Interest Group, which has sponsored several of these sessions. When I planned my travel to the recent MLA conference, I benefited from Mark Sample's list of digital humanities sessions. Therefore, I thought a similar list of SCMS sessions would be helpful, so I've included one below. I've listed sessions that explicitly mention videogames or something digital, but if I missed one or you know of one that should be added, please let me know!


A1: Digital Media Culture: Issues and Case Studies

Thursday, March 10, 12:00 - 1:45 PM
Chair: Megan Ankerson (University of Michigan)

Greg Siegel (University of California, Santa Barbara), "Cybersecurity and the New State of
Emergency; or, What Is the Internet Kill Switch?"
Heather Young (Northwestern University), "’Watching #GLEE!’: Twitter and the Social Uses of
Robyn Citizen (New York University), "Japan with an Afro Perspective!": Negotiating Blackness in
Japan through Digital Communities"
Megan Ankerson (University of Michigan), "Globalizing Web Industries: National Visions and Global
Collaborations in the 1990s"

B6: Video Game Worlds

Thursday, March 10, 12:00 - 1:45 PM
Chair: Daniel Reynolds (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Co-chair: Mark J. P. Wolf (Concordia University )

Michael Nitsche (Georgia Institute of Technology), "How Games Took over Our Space"
Mark J. P. Wolf (Concordia University ), "Video Games and the Imaginary World Tradition"
Felan Parker (Carleton University), "Millions of Voices: Star Wars, Digital Games, Fictional Worlds and Franchise Canon"
Daniel Reynolds (University of California, Santa Barbara), “‘A New Mode of Being’: Video Game Space and Time"

Sponsor: Video Game Studies Interest Group

B23: Soldiers/Civilians: The Militarization of US Citizenship in Post-9/11 War Media

Thursday, March 10, 12:00 - 1:45 PM
Chair: Stephanie Hoover (University of Southern California)

Matthew Payne (University of Texas, Austin), "First-Person Patriotism: Sacrificial Citizenship in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) and Modern Warfare 2 (2009)"
Nathan Blake (University of California-Irvine), "'America’s Army': The Militarization of Play and the Play of War"
James Paasche (Indiana University), "The Selling of the (National) Guard: Promoting the ‘Citizen Soldier’”
Stephanie Hoover (University of Southern California), “‘Transmedia’ Citizenship: Understanding the War on Terror Across Multiple Media"

C4: Digital Effects on Cinema

Thursday, March 10, 4:00 - 5:45 PM
Chair: Deborah Tudor (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale)

Steven Rawle (York St John University), "Reconfiguring Independence: Dispersed Space and Digital Authorship"
Kristen Loutensock (University of California, Berkeley), "Feeling Technology: Digital Effects, Melodrama, and Autism"
Lisa Broad (New York University), "Flatland: Information Aesthetics in Recent Digital and Hybrid Cinema"
Gerald Sim (Florida Atlantic University), "Michael Mann, and Hollywood’s Conflicted Negotiations of the Move Towards Digital Cinematography"


D11: Playing the Apocalypse: Re-imagining Science Fiction through Video Games

Friday, March 11, 8:00 - 9:45 AM
Chair: Kara Andersen (Brooklyn College)

Kirsten Strayer (University of Pittsburgh), “‘The Old Order of Things Has Passed Away’: The Specter of Dystopia in Science-Fiction Video Games"
Tanine Allison (University of Pittsburgh), "Past/Present/Future War: Nazi Zombies and Undead Temporality in War Video Games"
Kara Andersen (Brooklyn College), "Saving the World, One Game at a Time: Environmental Disaster in Video Games"
Melissa Lenos (Brookdale Community College), "An Interdimensional Mouse-Hunt: The Science Fiction Fantasy of Kingdom Hearts"

Sponsor: Video Game Studies Interest Group

D15: Online Subcultures

Friday, March 11, 8:00 - 9:45 AM
Chair: Michele White (Tulane University)

Alison Wielgus (University of Iowa), "The Evolution of Subcultures: Take Away Shows and the Digital Archive"
Sheila Murphy (University of Michigan), "The Geek & The Cute: Internet Visualities and Subcultural Style"
Sarah Harris (University of California, Santa Barbara), "Digital Passing: Mobility and Exceptions in Turkish Internet Culture"
Michele White (Tulane University), "Fears about Visibility and Expressions of Pleasure: Internet Wedding Forums and Women’s Discussions of Boudoir Photography Sessions"

E9: Avatar: Performance, Subjectivity, and Digital Skins

Friday, March 11, 10:00 - 11:45 AM

Chair: Olivier Tchouaffe (Southwestern University)

Adam Davis (Southern Illinois University), "Undesirable Bodies: Virtual Labor and Consumerist Teleology"
Markos Hadjioannou (King's College London), "Escape from Pandora: How Pierre Klossowski Can help Avatar’s Gamer"
Mark Bartlett (Open University, London), "Embedded Anthropocentrism, Gendering Spacetime, and the Rupture of Animation"
Kevin Esch (Hofstra University), "The Myth of Total Theater: Avatar and ‘Performance Capture’"

E6: Workshop: New Media Futures: The Digital + the Academy

Friday, March 11, 10:00 - 11:45 AM
Chair: Nicholas Mirzoeff (New York University)

Workshop Participants:
Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Pomona College)
Alexandra Juhasz (Pitzer College)
Wendy Chun (Brown University)
Nicholas Mirzoeff (New York University)
Tara McPherson (University of Southern California)

G8: Iran’s New Media Landscape and Beyond

Friday, March 11, 3:15 - 5:00 PM
Chair: Niki Akhavan (Catholic University of America)

Niki Akhavan (Catholic University of America), "Feeding into It: Social Media and Iran’s 2009 Election Campaigns"
Setrag Manoukian (McGill University), "Time and Media in Contemporary Iran"
Gayatri Devi (Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania), "Written on My Face: Staging the Feminine Gaze in Abbas Kiarostami’s Shirin"
James Udden (Gettysburg College), "The Other Film International: Iran’s Journalistic Window in World Film Culture"


H15: Glitch: Breaking Down the Digital

Saturday, March 12, 8:00 - 9:45 AM
Chair: Scott Krzych (Oklahoma State University)

Kristopher Cannon (Department of Comm / Georgia State University), "How the Digital Imag(in)es Itself: An Inter-Face to Unfold Subjects within Stashed Cache"
Scott Krzych (Oklahoma State University), "Between Image and Event: Special Affects and Digital Ethics in Minority Report"
Charles Linscott (Ohio University), "Writing Ontology: La Jetée, Immemory and the Digital Age"
Hugh Manon (Clark University), "Glitch Aesthetics, Anamorphosis and the Limits of Simulation"

K15: Interactivity

Saturday, March 12, 2:00 - 3:45 PM
Chair: Andrea Campbell (St. Thomas University)
Marina Hassapopoulou (University of Florida), "Interactive Cinema: Archiving the Meta-Cinematic Trace"
Aubrey Anable (Hamilton College), "New Media/New Cities: The Interactive Urban Address and DIY Urban Planning"
Vinicius Navarro (Georgia Institute of Technology), "Evanescent Presence: Nonfictional Subjects, Indexicality, and New Media"
Jeff Rush (Temple University), "Hybrid Integration: Trace and the Chiasm in Replay Video Games"

K20: Playing Games With the Movies

Saturday, March 12, 2:00 - 3:45 PM
Chair: Harrison Gish (University of California, Los Angeles)

Bernard Perron (University of Montreal), "The Ocean’s Trilogy Game, or How to Heist the Film Viewer"
David O'Grady (University of California, Los Angeles), "Interactive Fallout: Cinematic and Ludic Temporalities in Fallout 3"
Jessica Aldred (Carleton University), "Light-Saber, Camera, Action: The Impact of Embodied Interfaces on Movie-Licensed Video Game Characters"
Harrison Gish (University of California, Los Angeles), "Playing the DVD: Digitally Gaming Film Narrative"

L9: Digital Television, Analog Memories: Television’s Analog Memory Boom

Saturday, March 12, 4:00 - 5:45 PM
Chair: Max Dawson (Northwestern University)
Co-chair: Amy Holdsworth (University of Glasgow)

Amy Holdsworth (University of Glasgow), "Nostalgic Frames: Televising and Teaching Television History and Memory"
Max Dawson (Northwestern University), "Requiem for the CRT: Television, Obsolescence, and the Material of Memory"
James Bennett (London Metropolitan University), "Institutional (Analog) Memories: How Policy and Production Histories Inflect Digital Production Cultures"
Karen Lury (University of Glasgow), “‘Close’ Viewing: Stories of Technology in the Move from Analog to Digital Media"

Sponsor: Television Studies Interest Group


M3: Gaming the Globe: Video Games and Empire

Sunday, March 13, 8:00 - 9:45AM
Chair: Irene Chien (University of California, Berkeley)
Co-chair: Greta Niu (University of Rochester)

Iskandar Zulkarnain (University of Rochester), “‘On the Gallian Front’: The Valkyria Chronicles Video Game and the ‘Cute’ Memory of War"
Irene Chien (University of California, Berkeley), "Mastering Moves in Early Martial Arts Video Games"
Greta Niu (University of Rochester), "Techno-Orientalism and Empire: ‘China’ and Video Games from the 5th to the 21st Centuries"
Tanner Higgin (University of California-Riverside), "Racial Mapping in Videogames"

N11: Workshop: The Bachelor’s Ball: Videogames and the Need for Feminist Game Studies

Sunday, March 13, 10:00 - 11:45AM
Chair: Mia Consalvo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Co-chair: Nina Huntemann (Suffolk University)

Workshop Participants:
Shira Chess (Miami University)
Nina Huntemann (Suffolk University)
Hye Jin Lee (University of Iowa)
Carol Stabile (University of Oregon)
Staci Tucker (University of Oregon)
Sponsor: Video Game Studies Interest Group

N2: The Place of Comics in Cinema and Media Studies

Sunday, March 13, 10:00 - 11:45 AM
Chair: Drew Morton (University of California, Los Angeles)
Co-chair: Michael Clarke (University of California, Los Angeles)

Anthony Smith (University of Nottingham), "‘Showing, Not Telling: Marvel Comics, Decompressed Narratives, and the Collected-Edition Market"
Matt Yockey (University of Toledo), "Becoming Batman: Cross-Media Crisis and Renewal"
Michael Clarke (University of California, Los Angeles), "The Secret Origins of the Bronze Age Graphic Novel"
Drew Morton (University of California, Los Angeles), "Stylistic Remediation Becomes Transmedia
Style: The Scott Pilgrim Experience"

O11: Workshop: Teaching Media Studies Through Video Games

Sunday, March 13, 12:00 - 1:45PM
Chair: Matthew Payne (University of Texas, Austin)

Workshop Participants:
Mia Consalvo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Aaron Delwiche (Trinity University)
Sheila Murphy (University of Michigan)
Judd Ruggill (Arizona State University)
Zach Whalen (University of Mary Washington)

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