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In Play: Games, Aesthetics, Performance (2016)

In Play, a one-day conference explores play as the principle of innovation and experimentation that underwrites gaming, performance, and other cultural, social, and aesthetic activities.

Event Information

Key questions In Play poses include: How can the study of computer gaming, in line with studies of other cultural forms and productions, contribute to cultural studies in the academy? How have embodied performance and play historically enabled possibilities for both freedom and domination, for the making as well as the unmaking of societies? How does a focus on play complicate recent scholarship on the global history of experimental art forms?

March 4, 2016
9:00 - 5:00 PM
2115 Tawes Hall and Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

In Play is free and open to the public.


9:00 am Coffee
9:15 am Patrick Jagoda, University of Chicago
"Affective Experiments: Gamification and Other Forms of Play”
Moderator: Kari Kraus, University of Maryland
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Anastasia Salter, University of Central Florida
"Playing Social Justice Warrior: Reclaiming Games through Cultural Revolution"
Moderator: Matthew Kirschenbaum, University of Maryland
11:30 am  Poster Sessions, Poster Judging, Lunch
1:00 pm Julius Fleming, Jr., University of Maryland
"Experimental Leaders: Performance, Time, and the Queer Aesthetics of Civil Rights Leadership"
Moderator: Mary Helen Washington, University of Maryland
2:00 pm  Break
2:15 pm  C. Riley Snorton, Cornell University
"Playing in the Shadows: On the Menace of Mimicry to Transgender History"
Moderator: La Marr Jurelle Bruce, University of Maryland
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Patrick O'Shea, University of Maryland
"Remarks from the Vice President and Chief Research Officer"
Lee Konstantinou, University of Maryland
"Out of the Box: Page, Screen, and the Ontology of Comics"
Moderator: Christina Walter, University of Maryland
4:30 pm Break
4:40 pm Roundtable: Julius Fleming, JrJames HardingLee KonstantinouPatrick JagodaAnastasia SalterC. Riley SnortonLiese Zahabi. Moderator: Hester Baer
5:30 pm Reception


The Center for Literary & Comparative Studies and the Department of English with support from the Division of Research; The Graduate School; the Office of Undergraduate Studies; the College of Arts & Humanities; the Center for Synergy, the iSchool; the School for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; the School for Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies; the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity; Honors Humanities; and the Departments of American Studies, Art, Art History & Archaeology, Computer Science, Kinesiology, and Women's Studies.

Organizers & Planning Committee

Hester Baer; Sarah Bonnie; Susanna Compton; Sarah Dowman; Julius Fleming; Matthew Kirschenbaum; Lee Konstantinou; Karen Nelson; Orrin Wang

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