Co-sponsored by the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, the Interplay Graduate Student Game Studies Conference seeks to interrogate and expand the limits of the field of game studies by bringing together students, scholars, and practitioners to discuss, collaborate, and play. The conference will be capped-off by an independent game arcade, where local game makers will be on hand to share their work and design process.

Free and open to the public.

Keynote Speaker: Michael Z. Newman (Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). He will be presenting a talk entitled “Good Clean Fun: The Origins of the Video Arcade.”

Michael Z. Newman is the author of Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium (Columbia UP, 2014) and Indie: An American Film Culture (Columbia UP, 2011). He has also co-authored Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status (Routledge, 2012) with Elana Levine. He is currently working on a book about early video games.

We encourage people to discuss the conference at #interplay2014.

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