CEEGS aims to be a meeting place for academics, journalists, developers and members of the public to discuss the phenomenon of computer and video games. It builds on the three year long tradition of the national game studies conference hosted by Masaryk University.
The conference will be divided into two sections:
On the first day (Friday), a series of academic presentations will take place, targeted at students and scholars. The contributions will focus on the specifics of games in the Central and Eastern European region. Despite the regional focus, the conference will be open to academics from other countries in order to facilitate international cooperation. The main guest and the keynote speaker will be Espen Aarseth (IT University of Copenhagen), a renowned game scholar and one of the founding fathers of the discipline of game studies.
The second day (Saturday) will focus on development, journalism and the business sides of games and feature speakers from both major and independent game development studios. Many companies from Central and Eastern Europe have millions of fans over the whole world and became major players in the global industry. It is them who should be able to define the specifics of local game industry.
For the full lineup see: link
Keynote speaker: Espen Aarseth
Espen Aarseth is a principal researcher at the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen. Previously, he co-founded and was a professor at the Department of Humanistic Informatics at the University of Bergen. Aarseth’s influential work includes his 1997 book Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature, which defined many theoretical questions subsequently faced by game studies. After Cybertext, he went to be one of the key figures in the establishment of game studies as a discipline. In 2001, he co-founded the academic journal Game Studies and has since been its editor-in-chief.
We are planning a roundtable discussion with guests.
Catering will be provided for registered conference participants.
Reception follows the end of scheduled program on Friday.
PLACE at the faculty:
Third floor to the right of the stairs and elevators, the lecture hall of A. I. Bláha and adjacent classroom at the end of the corridor.