Extending Play is back, and this iteration will play with the concept of time. Papers and projects at Extending Play 3 will excavate the past, interpret the present, and forecast the future of play and games.

Extending Play 3 asks important questions about the temporalities of play from emergent scholarly perspectives: Can media archaeology and game preservation revise the history of games and play? Do new methodologies, such as big data and network analysis, force us to reconsider the predictability of play? Can queer temporalities of play produce new activist futures? How is gamification shaping our experiences of time? How are notions of time and play constructed by social scientists, humanists, preservationists, and policy researchers?

Keep reading to view the current draft program, including speaker names, titles, and times.



Play can be hard work and serious business. It’s time to push beyond the idea that play is “merely” leisure, to consider how methods, theories, histories, practices, and discourses shape our notions of play and playability. (more…)

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Since its inception, Extending Play has staged keynotes like conversations, rather than lectures. We're proud to carry on in that tradition for 2016, and we're also happy to announce that these conversations will be moderated by outstanding recent Rutgers PhD alumni. (more…)

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Keep reading to find details on planning your trip, including registration, hotel, transit, accessibility, and inclusion policies. (more…)

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Extending Play 3 is taking place on September 30 and October 1, 2016, at the Rutgers University-New Brunswick Piscataway Busch Student Center. Submissions are closed, and proposals will be reviewed shortly.

Our conference was founded in 2012 by PhD students from the Rutgers department of Journalism and Media Studies, then launched spring 2013 at the Livingston Student Center at Rutgers University New Brunswick-Piscataway campus.

We’ve hosted keynote speakers including Miguel Sicart (IT University Copenhagen), Anna Anthropy (Oakland, CA), Trevor Pinch (Cornell University), Adrienne Shaw (Temple University), Stephen Duncombe (New York University), Fred Turner (Stanford University), and DJ Spooky (European Graduate School).

Selected papers from previous conferences have been included in themed special issues of academic journals like Games and Culture.

Past attendees and presenters have included faculty, graduate students, artists, and makers from North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America.