What: Creative Gamers – Exploring Participatory Culture in Gaming seminar
When:January 11-12, 2005
Where: Hypermedia Laboratory,University of Tampere, Finland
Chair: Research Director Frans Mäyrä (Hypermedia Laboratory)

This event is organized by University of Tampere Hypermedia Laboratory GameLab. Proposals for presentations at the Creative Gamers seminar are requested, especially from graduate students. Work-in-progress papers are also welcome.

The possible list of topics includes but is not limited to:
*History of player created content and modding
*Analyses of creative game player activities
*Typologies and ways of interpreting mods and other creative practices
of game cultures
*The role of tools and editors in player participation
* The social roles, structure and activities of game player communities
* Learning and practices of support in game cultures
* The motivations of modders and other "player-producers"
* Ownership and fair use of information among game cultures
* Industry practices: ways of supporting and controlling player creativity

The two-day event consists of themed sessions that aim to introduce current research projects and discuss the potentials and limitations of gamer creativity.

Paper commentators include Professor Henry Jenkins (Comparative Media Studies, MIT), and Professor Mikko Lehtonen (Media Culture, University of Tampere).

The first day will have a public lecture by Professor Jenkins on War Between Effects and Meaning as part if the Games and Storytelling lecture series, which will be open for everyone. More details to follow.

To submit a paper to the seminar, please send an abstract of maximum 1500 words to the following address: mailto:info-gamestudies@uta.fiinfo-gamestudies@uta.fi. The deadline for the submission of papers is 19th November 2004.

For further information, please visit the seminar website at:
http://www.uta.fi/hyper/gamelab/creativegamers/http://www.uta.fi/hyper/gamelab/creativegamers/ or send an email to

Key dates:
Abstract due: November 19, 2004
Notice of acceptance: November 26, 2004
Seminar material deadline: December 17, 2004
Seminar: January 11-12, 2005