Open Call for Contributions: “Unstable Infrastructures”

For the third is­sue of spheres po­ten­ti­al cont­ri­bu­tors are invited to con­sider the si­gni­fi­can­ce of un­sta­ble in­fra­struc­tu­res. How is in­fra­struc­tu­re made to disap­pe­ar to­day, and how can we un­co­ver it, re­veal its ideo­lo­gi­cal mask, or tra­ver­se the fan­ta­sies as­so­cia­ted with it? How can we ex­plo­re, un­co­ver and chal­len­ge the mi­li­ta­ry-po­li­ti­cal do­mi­nan­ce over di­gi­tal in­fra­struc­tu­re? How can we crea­te and sustain al­ter­na­ti­ve in­fra­struc­tu­res, for ex­amp­le through me­shworks? What could a tac­tical (ab)use and ap­pro­pria­ti­on of in­fra­struc­tu­re look like? » more

The Centre for Digital Cultures

To be experimental and fluid in our approaches and to play with our tools rather than just to utilize them is important to grasp the fascinating complexity of contemporary societies. To investigate digital cultures with scientific research methods means to both be exceedingly precise in analyzing and simulating the fragile mechanisms, infrastructures and protocols that constitute them, and to get our hands dirty. » more

DiGRA 2015: Diversity of play: Games – Cultures – Identities

The annual conference of the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) will be held in Lüneburg from 14th to 17th May 2015. Up to 300 game scholars from all over the world are expected to attend and to participate in discussions with about 150 presenters. The keynote speakers are: Tanya Krzywinska (Falmouth University, UK), Astrid Ensslin (Bangor University, UK), Karen Palmer (IF Interactive Film, USA) and Markus Rautzenberg (FU Berlin, Germany). » more