Special Issue 02: Play Conference

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"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

"Play is the exultation of the possible."
Martin Buber

On 23 and 24 May, 2008, FORUM hosted an international and interdisciplinary conference on the topic of "Play" at the University of Edinburgh's School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures (made possible through funding from the Art and Humanities Research Council). Engaging with a myriad of perspectives and interests – from digital media to theology, literature to film studies, psychology to performance art – the conference explored the social and cultural functions of play, and attempted to determine its significance in the arts and humanities. This special issue of FORUM offers a selection of papers presented at the conference, a compilation of works that reflect the spectrum of questions considered throughout the two-day event. 

Table of Contents


Playing Before God: Theology and Play in Dialogue PDF
Daniel Gabelman
The Ludic Parody of Terry Pratchett PDF
Camilla Ulleland Hoel
Politics of Play: Situationism, Détournement, and Anti-Art PDF
Christie Ko
The Mad Man in the Attic: Playing with Gendered Literary Identity as Object and Muse in Iris Murdoch's The Good Apprentice and The Message to the Planet. PDF
Emma Miller
In Arcadia: Landscape filming in a toxic wasteland Game engine affordances and post-game narratives PDF
Corrado Morgana
Playful Culture and the Glamorization of Everyday (Virtual) Life: Elements of Play in Facebook Applications PDF
Valentina Rao
Violence as Surrealist Play in Angela Carter's Shadow Dance PDF
Anna Fruchart Watz
The Performance of Digital Play PDF
Emma Westecott