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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

Assistant or Associate Professor of Interactive Media Effects, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)

The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is advertising a position in Interactive Media Effects at the Assistant or Associate Professor levels. This position is defined broadly to capture the multifaceted nature of interactive media scholarship and to be inclusive of rapid technological advances in this area. Deadline is November 9, 2016http://go.illinois.edu/CMNFaculty

PhD-position at KU Leuven in game research (Social Studies-perspective)

The Institute for Media Studies at KU-Leuven (Belgium) is looking for a PhD candidate for the research project 'Games of social control: A sociological study of 'addiction' to Massively Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Games'. The PhD candidate will be employed at the Institute for Media Studies (Department Communication Science). The research project is supervised by Prof. Stef Aupers.

We're looking for someone with a qualitative social studies background and an interest in games, Deadline is October 21, 2016https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/53862455

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:

    • Congratulations to Johannes Breuer (U Cologne, Germany), who has been elected to the position of Vice-Chair, effective the close of business at our San Diego 2017 meeting. 
    • Our membership has approved all proposed changes to the GSD by-laws, which are now official. An annotated version of these proposed changes can be found here
    • GSD membership dues will increase to $5 from their current $3. This will allow our Division to increase programming and support. 
    • Please welcome our newest officer, International Liaison JihHsuan Tammy Lin (National Cheng Chi U, Taiwan). All officer contact information can be found here. 
  • Twitter: @icagames and #ica_gs