Playing the Field II

The conversation continued in 2019 at the University of Essen-Duisburg (Essen, Germany) which hosted “Playing the Field II: Video Games, American Studies, Space” (organizer: Dietmar Meinel). This time, presenters considered how games constitute, create, and are enmeshed in digital virtual and non-virtual spaces, inside and outside of their game worlds. In its critical engagement with video games, the conference hopes to contribute to and expand current debates with a thematic focus on a topic central to American Studies: spatiality. Contributions to the conference will bring the rich theoretical repertoire of the study of space in American Studies into conversation with questions about the production, representation, and experience of space in video games.