Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

Session Information

TitleLooking for Group: Building Interdisciplinary Game Studies Communities
Presenter(s)Cody Mejeur, Kristopher Purzycki, Jonah Magar, Ronny Ford, Daniel Fandino, Krista-Lee Malone and Nathan Humpal
TimeFriday, October 12, 2:30p-3:30p
LocationHuron Room
FormatRoundtable
DescriptionEven at institutions where game and play studies have been embraced, it can still be difficult to navigate the interdisciplinary nature of the field: game studies work can take place in many different departments with different disciplinary commitments, service responsibilities, and teaching and research obligations that make it challenging to connect with and understand each others' work.

This roundtable examines the obstacles and opportunities present in building interdisciplinary research groups and communities in game studies across departments in higher education. By bringing together student and staff organizers from the Game Studies Guild at MSU and the Serious Play research group at UW-Milwaukee, the roundtable will share lessons learned in establishing cross-campus game studies groups at universities, future plans for supporting and expanding them, and concerns and hopes for the process. Discussion of each of these topics will present actionable advice with concrete examples for scholars, librarians, and teachers.

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