CfP: 2nd North American Conference on Video Game Music (Fort Worth)

2nd North American Conference on Video Game Music
January 17–18, 2015 – TCU, Fort Worth, Texas
Deadline: October 1, 2014

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for the second North American Conference on Video Game Music, will take place January 17–18, 2015 at the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference organizing and program committee is composed of William Gibbons (organizer, TCU), Steven Reale (Youngstown State University), Neil Lerner (Davidson College), James Buhler (UT Austin), Daniel Goldmark (Case Western Reserve University), and Karen Collins (The University of Waterloo).

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be award-winning game composer Winifred Phillips. Phillips is the author of A Composer’s Guide to Game Music (MIT Press, 2014), and her many composer credits include games such as Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, LittleBigPlanet 2, and SimAnimals.

We are soliciting proposals for presentations on any aspect of music in games, including, but not limited to:

  • The history of music in video games
  • Approaches to analyzing game music
  • Intersections of game music and other media (film, TV, etc.)
  • Critical and/or hermeneutic approaches to game music
  • Case studies of particular games

We are particularly interested in programming a dedicated session on teaching game music, whether as a standalone course or incorporated into other contexts.

Additional information regarding the conference:

  • Papers will be twenty minutes in length, with an additional ten minutes for discussion.
  • Proposals are limited to 250 words, and should include the title of the paper, but should otherwise include no identifying information, including metadata.
  • In the body of an e-mail, include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact information, and the title of your paper.
  • Email proposals to vgmconference AT by October 1, 2014. Successful candidates will be notified on or around November 1, 2014.

For further information, please feel free to contact William Gibbons (william.gibbons AT or direct questions to the conference email address (vgmconference AT

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