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In partnership with DIGRA 2009, Women in Games are honoured to issue a
general call for papers to be presented at this year’s DIGRA event at
Brunel. All information about submission available at
http://digra2009.newport.ac.uk.

Women in Games 2009 @ DIGRA 2009
Call for Abstracts
Submission deadline: Friday April 3rd 2009

Currently in its fifth year, Women in Games (http://www.womeningames.com) is
an annual conference with the distinct aim of highlighting the most recent,
groundbreaking work in computer game research and development to both
academic and industrial worlds. WiG has consistently addressed the
empowerment and professional development of women working in, and
researching into, games and the games industry. In 2009 with the objective
of widening the audience and reach of the initiative WiG is running a series
of activities in parallel with key games events, both academic and industry,
to deliver focussed work to the wider community.

To date the themes addressed by feminist game studies can be broadly themed
in work on gendered activity in digital games and feminine preference in
play style and game characteristics. Other key studies look to gender equity
in game making and to the wider context of access to games. From Brenda
Laurel’s work in the early 90s onwards (long pre-dating any such thing as
games studies); critics, commentators and the academy have offered theories
and observations on the difference in play habits, styles and consumption of
digital gaming exhibited by women and girls. Yet well into our second decade
of work in this area what can we say we have learnt?

We believe that the time is ripe to return to core values in discussions
around histories, difference and generation in game space.

For more information please contact enquiries@womeningames.com.

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Women in Games, a network of women united in their passion for games, announces its first WIG Mixer as part of the London Games Festival Fringe. The networking event is Tuesday October 23rd from 6:00 to 9:00 pm held at Central St Martins Innovation Centre. Admission is free and requires an advance RSVP.

Emma Westecott for Women in Games is the local host and emcee. Complimentary food and beverages, supplied by Central St Martins, will be provided for all guests. The LDA, Make Your Mark and WIG partners proudly support this unique game industry networking event. Mixer attendees from all across the UK are welcome, and remember although this event is concerned with women and games men are very welcome to attend! The industry needs a meaningful dialogue between the sexes as it moves forward.

Westecott offers, “I’m very excited about this first Women in Games mixer in London . We’ve received tremendous support from the industry and WIG members. Our online community has grown to over 250 members and word is getting out about WIG’s community building efforts.”

The WIG Mixer in London will be held at Central St Martins Innovation Centre, The Innovation Centre, Central Saint Martins, Southampton Row, London , WC1B 4AP (Map). Admittance is free, but an advance RSVP is required.

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TO COME TO THIS EVENT – YOU HAVE TO HAVE REGISTERED BY COMPLETING THE FORM FOUND HERE
http://www.chinwag.com/wig2007

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Looking for blog curators!

The Women in Games conference team is pooped after organising this year’s conference and are overwhelmed with the brilliance that was brought to the table. To keep the momentum up up up, we’d like to invite our conference attendees, featured speakers and anyone else out in blog-land who’s got a hankering for the topic of Women in Games to get involved with the ongoing WiG community.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about the subject from any angle – are you in industry? an academic? a player? – who can join in our community antics by curating the WiG blog for 2 weeks. That’s 14 days of your own blog content on a stellar platform with loads of eyeball traffic.

The content is totally up to you. You’re free to steer the blog in any direction you choose (keeping, of course, within the boundaries of taste, decency and women + games)  for your curatorial fortnight, showcasing your own work, the work of your friends, the work of those you admire, your top gaming tips, your rants and raves, interviews, reviews, photos, Wii Sports vids, etc etc etc. We’re of the opinion that we may know some stuff, but there are people out there who know a heck of a lot more.

If you’re interested in taking the Women in Games community on your personal blog journey, get in touch! Send an email to enquiries +at+ womeningames.com with your name, a 100-word biography and a short statement of intent.

Hurrah!

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We’ve added six new pages to this blog, centred on the central strands of the Women in Games 2007 conference: the Performance of Play, Non-Games, Other Players, Situated Play/ers and The Big Game. At the moment the content is sparse, but in time you’ll be able to click on the links here or at the top of the page to find out more about each and to surf the abstracts and event descriptions which fall into each category.

Over the next few weeks in the run-up to the conference, we’ll be welcoming special guests, like keynoters and other notables in the women in games scene, to contribute their thoughts about the current state of affairs. We welcome comments and suggestions, so if you’ve got any please add them below or send an email to enquiries +at+ womeningames.com!

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