THE PHILOSOPHY OF COMPUTER GAMES 2009; 13.-15.8.2009, Oslo

Conference Announcement


We are pleased to announce the fourth conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games, to be held in Oslo, Norway 13-15 August 2009.

The keynote speakers include Kendall Walton, author of "Mimesis as Make-Believe: On the Foundations of the Representational Arts" (Harvard University Press, 1993), Miguel Sicart, author of "The Ethics of Computer Games" (The MIT Press, 2009) and Grant Tavinor, author of "The Art of Computer Games" (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming in October 2009).

For the Call for Papers, registration and more details about the conference, please visit

Deadline for submission of abstracts is June 1.

The conference is a part of an effort to develop discussions about philosophical issues that arise in the study of computer games. The topics for this years conference include fictionality, definitions of computer games and ethical and political issues. The target audience is media researchers and philosophers, but the conference is open to anyone with with a professional interest in computer games.

Nordic Game Research Network is organizing a pre-conference workshop for Ph.d. students on August 12.

With best regards

Olav Asheim
Miguel Sicart
Frans Mäyrä
Patrick Coppock
Sten Ludvigsen
Ole Ertløv Hansen
Stephan Günzel
Rune Klevjer
John Richard Sageng
Ragnhild Tronstad

Organizational partners:

Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo, Norway (Main conference host)
Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, Norway
Digital Games Research Center, University of Potsdam, Germany
Department of Social, Cognitive and Quantitative Science at the University of Modena & Reggio Emilia, Italy
Nordic Game Research Network
Intermedia, University of Oslo, Norway
Games Research Lab, University of Tampere, Finland
Center for Computer Games Research at the IT-University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Philosophical Project Centre, Oslo, Norway
Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, Norway