Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

As a fast growing media field, videogames require active engaged players to interact with characters, stories, worlds, obstacles, challenges, quests, players, identities, culture and vast, complicated gaming communities. To critically explore these areas of playing, the Undergraduate Videogame Research Symposium (UVS) seeks contributions from students that address how games function rhetorically to explore how procedures, processes, logics, rules and identities can be expressive and/or persuasive (Bogost). The UVS invites submissions from students from all disciplines.

Read the full Call for Proposals.  

We seek student proposals from:

1. Individual students: Individual students interested in presenting a paper that explores the rhetoric of gaming, specifically addressing any of the areas listed above, or other topics. Presentations will last between 6-8 minutes. 

2. Panel discussions: Groups of 3 to 5 students interested in discussing any of the variety of topics listed above or other topics. Panel discussions will last around 30 minutes and each member of the panel is expected to cover a brief overview of the topic. 

3. Narrated gameplay: Individual students interested in playing a game while narrating their gameplay and how it relates to any of the above or other topics. Gameplay will last between 3-5 minutes followed by a presentation lasting around 7 minutes for a total of 10-12 minutes.

4. Student-designed games: Individuals or groups interested in demonstrating and discussing a game they are currently designing. The demonstration and discussion will include the game design, where it is in development, and how they would like to discuss the game academically. Demonstration will last between 5-10 minutes and discussion will take around 5-10 minutes for a total of 10-20 minutes.

Room: 1st Floor of Liberal Arts, NAU Flagstaff Campus

Important dates

Come to our Proposal Workshops

January 23, 2014. Thursday, 3:15-4:00 p.m., Liberal Arts Room 123      

January 29, 2014. Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Liberal Arts Room 111A

Can't make it to the workshops?  See the powerpoint presentation.

Also see our Prezi with advice on how to write a proposal.

All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 pm, Friday, on January 31st to be considered. Please direct any inquiries to