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The 5th Annual Queerness and Games Conference is On

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Hello hello to all the wonderful folks of the queerness and games sphere! Your QGCon organizers are incredibly excited to announce that the Queerness and Games Conference will be happening again, and it is our first conference outside the United States! The 5th Annual Queerness and Games Conference is scheduled for Fall 2018, in Montréal, Canada.

While many details have yet to be set in stone, please know that we are working hard to bring you another year of queer folks, games, and engaging discussions at the intersection of queerness and games.

We have many exciting announcements coming up, so check this website and our social media for specifics on dates, locations, speakers, and especially the call for submissions and volunteers! In addition to the change of scenery (country, weather, possibly more greenery), QGCon 2018 has gained new leadership. Check out the statement below, and get ready for another great year!

The Queerness and Games Conference is Transitioning to New Leadership!

After four years of brilliant leadership, Dr. Bonnie (“Bo”) Ruberg is passing the torch to two longstanding members of the Queerness and Games Conference organizing team. Teddy

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Volunteer at QGCon!

Want to help QGCon run smoothly, and meet some rad people in the process? Anyone is welcome to sign up as a volunteer! It’s a great way to get involved with the community. You’ll get access to all the speaker events and we’ll provide you with free food on the day of your shift.

These are the kind of responsibilities that we’ll be asking from people:

  • Help at the registration desk
  • Make sure speakers get to their sessions on time
  • Oversee the arcade

We’re dividing volunteer time up into the following shifts:

  • Saturday morning
  • Saturday afternoon
  • Sunday morning
  • Sunday afternoon

If you’re interested, write to us at qgconference [at] gmail.com and let us know if you have preferences as regards your shifts and responsibilities. We’d love to have you on board!

QGCon sessions list is up!

From gender performance in LARPs to queer design practice in AAA studios, there’s a lot to be excited about for this year’s QGCon. See the list of sessions here.

It’s not just about the talks – pretty soon we’ll be announcing other fun things that we’ll be getting up to together.

Don’t forget to register – it’s free! (Donations appreciated)

The conference is just a month away, and we’re excited to see you there.

The 2014 Call for Speakers is up!

We’re happy to announce that the call for speakers for QGCon 2014 is now up. See the call to read more about this year’s theme, to get ideas for talk topics and formats, and to check out submission logistics. Submissions are due by June 15. QGCon welcomes proposals from speakers of all backgrounds, including but not limited to: game developers, indie designers, academics, artists, and activists. We are particularly interested in broadening our focus to address issues of race and gender non-normativity, and encourage submissions from folks who have long gone underrepresented in games and the games industry. Feel free to direct any questions to qgconference [at] gmail [dot] com. We look forward to your submission!

More Registration Spots Now Available!

Good news! Thanks to the overwhelming response, The Queerness and Games Conference is expanding its scope: featuring more speakers, more sessions, and welcoming more attendees than previously anticipated. That means more conference for you, and more of you who can come to the conference.

We’ve increased our Event Brite registration cap from 100 people to 400. If you haven’t registered yet and you’re planning to attend or submit a proposal, please do sign up as soon as possible to secure a spot and help us estimate things like room size and schedules. Remember, QGCon is free and open to the public. Come one, come all, and sign up today!

Call for Submissions

QGCon is now accepting submissions for our 2013 conference on Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, at Berkeley’s Center for New Media.

The Queerness and Games Conference brings together academics and developers to embark on an innovative and interdisciplinary exploration of the intersection between LGBT issues and video games. The event will combine traditional paper presentations and panels with design discussions and creative workshops. Main focuses will include LGBT representation in games, LGBT concerns in the games industry, and the newly forming scholarly field of queer games studies.

Academics and game-related professionals from all disciplines are welcome to submit proposals for talks, panels, or experimental sessions.

Submission Deadline is July 1st.

Please see our official Call for Submissions for more details.