Monthly Archives: December 2013

Canadian Game Studies Association’s 2014 CFP

I don’t think I announced that I am co-chair of THE Canadian Game studies conference. Below is the CFP I’ve been circulating for the 2014 meeting of the Canadian Game Studies Association.  The conference is open to all (not just Canadians, eh) and I’m really excited that we’ve moved towards longer abstracts + a published proceeding.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and looking forward to seeing y’all at Congress!


The Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA/ACÉV) annual conference will be held in St. Catharines, Ontario, on May 28 and 29 2014, in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences. We invite submissions from all disciplines from researchers working on or around video games. Graduate student submissions are welcome and encouraged

Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014.

We will be accepting submissions in three formats: extended abstracts, short abstracts, and panel proposals. Submissions and presentations are welcome in English or French.
Extended abstracts will be published as part of the 2014 CGSA Conference Proceedings. These proceedings will be available online and open access using a CC-BY-NC-ND license.
The full bilingual CFP is online here:
What is Congress?

Now in its 83rd year, the Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences (typically shortened to “Congress”) is Canada’s largest gathering of scholars.  A full list of organizations who hold their annual conference as part of Congress is located here:

St. Catharines is located within driving distance of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) and Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ). Further details about travel to St. Catharines can be found on the Congress website: this site also includes the group discount codes for use for booking air travel with Air Canada and West Jet.

The conference will be held at the Brock University campus. Affordable accommodations are available on campus in the Brock dorms but they will book up quickly. There are also many hotel options if you would like to stay off-campus.  More details here:
Looking forward to seeing you in wine country!
Kelly and Dominic

Merry Christmas… Twin Peaks style

I have a few posts in draft form, but haven’t had time to brain them to completion.   I have some things to say about the recent NSA in WoW news, and I also have some interesting updates about my Reddit work… but since there are no breaks on the dissertation train, those will have to wait.

Instead I’ll quickly share this piece of Twin Peaks fandom forwarded to me this morning:

Twin Peaks fandom is something that I find… odd.  I missed it when it was first ran on network tv, I only recently binge watched it this summer on netflix. Since then I’ve become attuned to the number of references in pop culture, references that previously went over my head.  I really don’t know why Twin Peaks has struck such a cord with folks around my age. It had a strong start and then it goes quickly off the rails, I felt like I had front row seats to someone’s fever dream.  And then years later, it inspires fan creative productions, like this very strange 12 days of christmas song. I’m not saying that this is bad, I’m saying it sure is… something.

Tangent: I  went out of my way to grab a drink at the Twin Peaks themed bar when I was in Atlanta.   I ordered the Log Lady. It was very earthy.