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Welcome to the official site of the ICA Game Studies Division (GSD)!

The study of games and the game experience offers opportunities for the study of human communication that involve multidisciplinary approaches that merge the disciplines of conventional communication studies and research, arts and visual design, cognitive studies, computer sciences, cultural studies, engineering social sciences, health sciences, and information design.

Although the common ground for the Game Studies Division is digital and video games, the group encompasses a broad range of inquiry topics and methods. The group serves as fertile meeting ground for the exchange of ideas among a very broad spectrum of disciplines and hosts a number of activities at ICA's annual conference.

Should you have any questions about our Division's interests and opportunities, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our Division officers - each of which is more than happy to respond to your questions via the e-mail addresses provided on that page. 

As the 2016 ICA Fukuoka conference has passed, the Division is not actively accepting paper or panel proposals. However, check back later for our official Call for Papers for the 2017 ICA conference, hosted in San Diego, USA. Current Vice Chair Julia Kneer (Erasmus U, Netherlands) will be organizing the GSD program for that conference, and can address any specific questions or comments you have about submitting to or being a reviewer for our Division. 

Join us!

We welcome members from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives who are interested in scholarship and research related to games and communication.

To become a member of the Special Interest Group, you must first be a member of the International Communication Association, our parent organization.

  • If you are not yet an ICA member, you can apply for ICA membership and join the Game Studies Special Interest Group when you become an ICA member.
  • If you are already an ICA member and want to join the Game Studies Special Interest Group, log in to your ICA profile and change your section information.

Recent News

Mechademia: Conference on Asian Popular Cultures

Mechademia: Conference on Asian Popular Cultures takes place at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, September 23-25, 2016. We have extended the deadline for submissions to September 1, 2016 and hope you might continue to help us to promote this to your membership through your website and mailing lists.

This year's theme is "World-building in Asian Popular Cultures". Building upon Mechademia 10, and its theme of World Renewal, we invite papers that "propose the challenge of thinking of world building as a creative act, where narrative practices combine with new technologies to construct images, objects, texts, and performances of alternative worlds. We call for submissions that explore the aesthetic, mediatic, and technological dimension of these possible worlds, with an eye to the construction of inspiration and imagination within its circulation, as well as socio-political possibilities or potentiality". I have attached the extended call for your interest.

Mark J.P. Wolf, is our keynote speaker, author of Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation (2012) and Video Games Around the World, forthcoming from MIT Press. He also serves on the advisory boards of Videotopia and the International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations.

Download a copy of the call (.pdf) directly at: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/…/SGMS%202016%20CALL_0801

Call for Contributions: Digital Hunter-Gatherers – An evolutionary psychology approach to digital games.

GSD members are looking for contributions from game and evolutionary scholars for an edited book to be published ca. Q4 2017 by Routledge. Studying digital games through an evolutionary psychology lens expands the scope beyond the perspective of the standard social science model that often ignores innate differences as reasons for traits and behaviors in favor of social learning as the primary or even sole mechanism to explain intraindividual change and interindividual differences. An evolutionary psychology approach can aid in uncovering why so many people are fascinated by digital games and why some play differently than others.

The full synopsis and further information on how to contribute can be found here: Digital Hunter-gatherers-short.

BEA Research Symposium "Video Games: A Medium That Demands Our Attention" 

The Broadcast Education Association (of the United States) is accepting 4000-word empirical reports and theoretical syntheses for their 2017 research symposition on the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social demands of video game play. The Symposium is chaired by Nick Bowman (West Virginia U, USA) and complete details can be found online at: http://www.beaweb.org/wp/?page_id=3345. Manuscripts are due by December 1, 2016.

This site was created by Jieun Shin for the Game Studies Division and is maintained by the Division's Officers.

  • What's New:

    • An early draft of the minutes from our 2016 Business Meeting in Fukuoka is available here
    • Please welcome our newest officer, International Liaison JihHsuan Tammy Lin (National Cheng Chi U, Taiwan). All officer contact information can be found here. 
    • For 2016, the Executive Committee of GSD is proposing several by-laws changes for our Division. An annotated version of these proposed changes can be found here
  • Twitter: @icagames and #ica_gs