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In Play: Games, Aesthetics, Performance

3/4/16 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
2115 Tawes Hall and Ulrich Recital Hall

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This one-day symposium explores play as the principle of innovation and experimentation that underwrites gaming, performance, and other cultural, social, and aesthetic activities.

Call for Posters and Demonstrations: EXTENDED Deadline January 25, 2016

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Speakers include:

  • Patrick Jagoda, University of Chicago, "Affective Experiments: Gamification and Other Forms of Play”
  • Anastasia Salter, University of Central Florida, "Playing Social Justice Warrior: Reclaiming Games through Cultural Revolution"
  • Julius Fleming, Jr., University of Maryland
  • C. Riley Snorton, Cornell University, "Time to Play Dress Up: Sartorial Politics and Temporal Drag"

Planning committee: Hester BaerSarah BonnieSusanna ComptonSarah DowmanJulius FlemingMatthew KirschenbaumLee KonstantinouKaren NelsonOrrin Wang

Sponsored by the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies and the Department of English, with support from the Division of Research; The Graduate School; the Office of Undergraduate Studies; the College of Arts & Humanities; the Center for Synergy, the iSchool; the School for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; the School for Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies; the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity; Honors Humanities; and the departments of American Studies, Art History & Archaeology, Computer Science, Kinesiology, and Women's Studies.

For more information contact: Orrin Wang (