The 2022 Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA/ACÉJ) annual conference will be held *May 31 to June 4 through a virtual format*. This virtual format will build on lessons from the 2021 conference and combine pre-recorded paper and panel presentations with synchronous Q&A discussion sessions.
Even as a virtual conference, as an organization CGSA/ACÉJ is made possible by infrastructure and resources located in the unceded territories of
<http://www.musqueam.bc.ca/> *(Musqueam),* Sḵwx̱wú7mesh
<http://www.squamish.net/>* (Squamish), and* Sel̓íl̓witulh <https://twnation.ca/> *(Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and from various institutions located across Turtle Island. As a direct beneficiary of this ongoing colonial violence, CGSA/ACÉJ affirms its commitment to support marginalized scholars and creators and proactively make space for studies of gender, race, sexuality, ability, class, and other forms of diversity in games and gaming cultures.
Building from our 2021 conference, Solidarity and Social Justice in Game Studies, this year’s conference theme is *ACTION! *We invite submissions that work toward an anti-racist and decolonial game studies. In this sense of *ACTION! *papers and panels might study racism and coloniality in games, resistance on the part of players and other actors in the game cultures, or use approaches that decenter Western epistemologies and challenge white supremacy. *ACTION! *also highlights a critical dimension of games and gaming: the interactive or participatory element of a player at play.
Papers and panels thinking about this sense of *ACTION! *might examine forms, contexts, and/or sites of interaction, how players, developers, and others in gaming scenes act on games, and/or games as social action.
Accepted papers and panels that address either senses of the theme *ACTION! *will be highlighted in special sessions throughout the conference.
We also invite submissions from researchers in any disciplines in the humanities and social sciences working on any topic related to games, digital or analog.
Graduate student submissions and submissions from scholars outside of Canada are welcome and encouraged! CGSA/ACÉJ accepts submissions in both English and French, but please note that most presentations and social events will be in English. Additionally, presenters are asked to limit their submissions to no more than 1 paper as first author and no more than 1 workshop or other event.
*Black and/or Indigenous graduate students accepted to the conference will be able to register at no cost.*
For help preparing abstracts, including recommendations for works cited, please refer to this guide <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KpvAKEOeSfrk-yeVLxo1J2MkqEA2UJaa/view?usp=sharing>
(available in English only). Please also note that *all submissions must be anonymized and should include at least 3 references.*
This year we will be accepting proposals for three kinds of submissions:
*Individual Paper Submissions*
For individual paper submissions please submit an anonymized abstract no longer than 500 words (excluding references). We welcome presentations that take advantage of the virtual conference format.
For panel submissions please include a 250-word panel overview and 250 words (excluding references) describing each individual presentation. The panel organizer/chair should assemble all materials and submit as a single anonymized submission to EasyChair. When submitting the panel to EasyChair, the organizer/chair should be listed as corresponding author, and all other panel participants should be listed as co-authors.
CGSA/ACÉJ welcomes other types of submissions including workshops, demonstrations, fishbowls, etc, especially those that take advantage of the virtual conference format or might be uniquely possible in a virtual conference format. Please contact the CGSA/ACÉJ 2022 organizers in advance of the deadline with a brief summary of your proposed submission, anticipated equipment needs, and an estimated length of time requested.
*Please submit all proposals via EasyChair:*
The CGSA/ACÉJ 2022 organizing team