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.

Doctoral students at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information created the Extending Play conference series in 2012 to address these phenomena, and we’re hard at work planning the event’s third instalment for Autumn 2016. At Extending Play 2016, we aim to explore, understand, and facilitate discussion regarding play as a central practice in media and communication.


About the Organizers:

  • Zack Lischer-Katz is a PhD candidate in Library and Information Science. Zack acted as programming coordinator for Extending Play 2: The Sequel in Spring 2015. His research focuses on media preservation, inspired by his previous career as a film archivist.
  • James Hodges is a PhD candidate in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. He is the chair of professional development for the SC&I Doctoral Student Association, and recently edited a special edition of Analog Game Studies addressing “Video Gaming Beyond the Digital.”
  • Fanny Ramirez is a PhD student in Communication. She is president of Select-Start, the graduate student organization advancing game studies at Rutgers. One of her recent research projects addresses social interaction in massively multiplayer online games.


Review Board

Bratich, Jack (Associate Professor)

Rutgers University, Journalism and Media Studies

Bak, Meredith (Assistant Professor)

Rutgers University-Camden, Childhood Studies

Bowman, Nicholas (Associate Professor)

West Virginia University, Communication

Dalbello, Marija (Associate Professor)

Rutgers University, Library and Information Science

Foxman, Maxwell (PhD Student)

Columbia University, Communications

Gilbert, Anne (Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor)

University of Kansas, Film and Media Studies

Ivory, James (Associate Professor)

Virginia Tech, Communication

Jacobs, Ruud (PhD Student)

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Media and Communication

Joyce, Lindsey (PhD Student)

University of Texas at Dallas, Arts and Technology

Knox, Emily (Assistant Professor)

University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Lingel, Jessa (Assistant Professor)

University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication

Mäyrä, Frans (Professor)

University of Tampere, School of Information Sciences


Newbury, Elizabeth (PhD Student)

Cornell University, Communication

Ognyanova, Katya (Assistant Professor)

Rutgers University, Communication

Pape, Toni (Assistant Professor)

University of Amsterdam, Media Studies

Perron, Bernard (Professeur titulaire)

University de Montréal, Histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques

Quijano, Johansen (Assistant Professor)

Tulsa Community College, English

Ratan, Rabindra (Robby) (Assistant Professor)

Michigan State University, Media and Information

Torner, Evan (Assistant Professor)

University of Cincinnati, German Studies

Trammell, Aaron (Postdoctoral Fellow)

University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Waldron, Emma Leigh (PhD Student)

University of California-Davis, Performance Studies

Zagal, Jose (Visiting Assistant Professor)

University of Utah, Entertainment Arts and Engineering

Zinman, Gregory (Assistant Professor)

Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Literature, Media, and Communication


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  • Dean’s Office, Rutgers School of Communication and Information (SC&I)
  • SC&I Social Media and Society Cluster
  • Program in Information Technology and Informatics, Rutgers SC&I
  • PhD Program, Rutgers SC&I
  • Select-Start: the Rutgers-New Brunswick Graduate Student Organization for Game Studies
  • Graduate School of Education, Rutgers-New Brunswick
  • SC&I Alumni Association
  • Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Rutgers-New Brunswick