Kinda random question. Does PAX (any site) have an academic conference for video gaming? If so, does anyone know where I can get more information on this? If, not, why not? Who could I talk to about starting something like this? I'm graduating with a PhD soon, ready to start my academic career, and most of the conferences I go to aren't as much fun (and useful) as this sounds.
Possible topics just off the top of my head:
Subjectivity in Video Gaming - Avatars and our Digital Embodiments
Posthuman Gaming - VR and our Sense of Self
Feminism in Gaming - A (re)enforcement of Gender Codes through Hyper-sexualized Forms
In-Game Economics - The Desire for Virtual Gold
Gaming in the Singularity - Prospects of our Future Battles
The Reinforcements of Grand Narratives - Postmodern Players playing Modern Games
Digital Animal Rights - Empathy of the Other-than-Humans in Video Spaces
The Anthropocene in Gaming - How Explorations of Post-Apocalyptic Landscapes Help Shape our Ideas of our own Ecology
Gender Studies in Gaming - Gender Switching Avatars and the Lack of Codes: What might playing as different than your identified gender do to concepts of gender identity IRL?
The Psychological Benefits of Table Top Murder
God, there's so many. Let's do this. How can I set this up?