CFP: Special Issue on Digital Gaming and Archives, The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction

CFP: The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction – Special Issue on Digital Gaming and Archives:
We are particularly interested in submissions that consider the complex nature of the archive as it relates to digital media, what it means to include interactive digital media in the SF archive, and what it means to use digital texts and game experiences as part of your own research materials.
We are seeking submissions in two separate but related areas: a) methodological essays that theorize the nature of the SF/digital/gaming archive or discuss the pragmatics of archival research in this area; b) more traditional academic, argument driven articles substantially informed by archival research. Submissions may take a variety of forms, including brief methodological essays (1,000-2,000 words) on the pragmatics of SF/digital/gaming archival research;  medium-length methodological/pedagogical case studies that explore the possibilities and limitations of the gaming archive itself; or full-length articles grounded in archival research.
Prospective topics might include: the challenges of seeking out these materials for your work and/or collections, how digital games themselves incorporate knowledge archives as subject material (ex: as codex or lore), the challenges of comparative gaming analysis across multiple platforms, the differences between gaming fans and gaming fan cultures and other fan communities, the monetization of gaming archives (ex:, abandonware), the difficulties of archiving materials from obsolete platforms, or accessing and archiving production histories of digital media, either in terms of the processes of creating institutional gaming archives (digital and/or material) or a theoretical/practical formulation of what is entailed in the formation of an SF gaming archive.
About The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction:
The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal hosted by the University of California, Riverside and affiliated with the UCR Library’s world-renowned Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy. The Eaton Journal’s Advisory Board is made up of a number of leading scholars in science fiction literature and media and is currently the only academic journal devoted to science fiction and archival research.
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