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Hello, and welcome to my blog! I like to write about children's literature, fandom studies, video games, feminism, and pop culture in general. I've recently earned my Ph.D. in children's literature ( Fall 2012) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I also teach English (composition, British literature, and women's literature) at Sowela Technical Community College. Oh, and I like cats! [Banner image artwork by Yuki Midorikawa]

Friday, August 4, 2017

CFP: Women, Video Games, and Modding

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This is a call for article-length scholarly contributions for inclusion in a collection of essays (to be published by McFarland Books) broadly focused around the topic of women and video game “modding.”

Potential topics may include:
  • Romance mods, including the politics of modding race and sexuality, NPC (“non-player character”) availability, NPC appearance, and creating or extending canonical romantic scenes
  • Modding the body: what sort of mods are women creating and using on their own characters? Can mods express dissatisfaction with base game character creation options?
  • Modding communities: how have online spaces like Tumblr fostered modding communities for women? The importance of crediting modders, the policing of gamers on how to use and credit use of mods, collaborative modding communities versus “lone wolf” modders, the backlash against websites like Nexus
  • Essays focused on particular games, such a Dragon Age, The Sims, or Skyrim
  • The relationship between female modders and developers: do developers ever respond to modder creations? Is base game content ever altered to appease modder interests? Do developers ever express disagreement or lack of support for modders?
  • Using modding and game creation in girls' education.
This list is far from expansive; any proposed essay addressing some aspect of female gamers and modding will be considered.

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Please email a 500-word abstract to bawhelan@gmail.com by Nov 1, 2017. Completed essays are also welcome in lieu of an abstract. Essays should be about 10,000 words in length (final length can be fairly flexible, however). Completed first drafts will be expected sometime around Jun 1, 2018. Please also include a short bio with your abstract submission.

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This is a relisting of the CFP I put out last year. So if you saw it before but felt you were too late to submit -- today is your lucky day! We've been granted a yearlong extension to meet our page length. Several contributors have already been selected, but there is still plenty of space and opportunity. Send me your abstract; I am open to virtually any idea that deals with women gamers and modding. Books have been written on one or the other, but never on both -- it's time to change that! 

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