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Just a Game? The Aesthetics and Ethics of Video Games

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24th – 25th June 2016, University of Kent, Canterbury

We are pleased to open the call for registration for our two-day conference on video games.

About the conference:

Video games have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment today. Many of them possess a wide array of artistic and aesthetic qualities and there is growing consensus now that they constitute an emerging new art form. At the same time, video games have raised important ethical questions and the debate on their moral status and impact has now gone well beyond the traditional academic context and community.

This international conference, organised by the Aesthetics Research Centre (ARC), will seek to explore relevant connections between the ethics and aesthetics of video games, thereby also drawing on insights from the philosophy of mind, philosophy of information, and feminist philosophy.

Invited speakers are:

❖ Aaron Meskin, University of Leeds

❖ Mari Mikkola, Humboldt University, Berlin
❖ Shelby Moser, University of Kent

❖ Jonathan Robson, University of Nottingham

❖ Katherine Thomson-Jones, Oberlin College

❖ Kendall Walton, University of Michigan

Additionally, following our call for papers and after receiving many outstanding submissions, ARC has chosen 8 further papers to be presented during the conference. A provisional schedule can be found here​.

Registration fees:

£35 General registration

£25 Graduate/Post Graduate Student registration

£15 UKC student registration

All are invited to join us for a conference dinner on the 24th of June at The Parrot, a traditional British pub and restaurant in the City Centre of Canterbury. The cost for a two-course dinner is £30 per person. Please register by 13th June 2016.

To register: Registration Page​
Please direct any questions to justagameukc@gmail.com.

Proud supporters of the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme.

This conference is funded by the British Society of Aesthetics and the Aesthetics Research Centre.