Pre-program: Sunday, May 10th

Get-together, 6 pm onwards: Restaurant Plevna (Itäinenkatu 8, see link). You are welcome to drop in and have a drink or a dinner at your own expense in a merry company. The reserved seats are at the back of the restaurant.

Day 1: Monday, May 11th

8:30 Registration opens (Pinni B3116)

9:00 Welcoming words 

  • Seminar Chair, Professor Frans Mäyrä

9:30 Session 1: Adult Play in Games

  • Lawrence May: History at the front lines of the zombie apocalypse: DayZ players and their strategies of narrative emergence
  • Marcus Carter & Fraser Allison: Kidnapping in DayZ
  • Thaiane Oliveira: Transfiguration of reality and social drama about the World Cup in the Alternate Reality Game #WithoutCup
  • Jonne Arjoranta: Larp as Playful Resistance

11:30 Lunch

12:30 Session 2: Play in the Work Place

  • Olli Sotamaa: Work is the Play of the Adults: Playfulness and Professional Game Development
  • Otso Hannula: Pockets of Discontinuous Creativity – Games as Settings for Organizational Co-development
  • Annakaisa Kultima, Timo Nummenmaa, Heikki Tyni, Kati Alha, Ville Kankainen & Frans Mäyrä: Talking Playful Seats in a Presentation Environment

14:30 Commentator Keynote

  • Jaakko Stenros

15:00 Session 3: Object Play

  • Katriina Heljakka: Adults Against Play: Exploring rhetoric and attitudes of media, hobbyists and ‘everyday players’ towards adult play in toy-related activities
  • Nikola Adamus (student paper): Miniature wargaming – adult toys, childish games or both?

19:00 Evening program: snacks, drinks, discussion (Location: OASIS, Pinni B, 2nd floor)

Day 2: Tuesday, May 12th

9:30 Registration Opens (Pinni B3116)

10:00 Commentator Keynote

  • Ashley Brown

10:30 Session 4: Sexual Play

  • Davide A. Fiandra: Kiss Me, Touch Me, Make Me Blush: Conveying sex through gameplay in Luxuria Superbia
  • Tom Apperley: Gendered technologies of the body: Digital gaming, nerdcore porn and the natural user interface
  • J. Tuomas Harviainen & Katherine Frank: Group Sex as Play: Rules, liminoidity and transgression in shared non-monogamy

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Session 5: Play Redux

  • Janne Paavilainen: Parenting Play: An Interview Study
  • J. Matias Kivikangas & Simo Järvelä: Emotion theoretic view on the neural basis of play
  • Sebastian Deterding: Alibis of Adult Play: A Goffmanian Take on How and When Adult Play is (Not) Embarrassing

15:00 Session 6: Parenthood & Mature Players

  • Melissa Rogerson & Martin Gibbs: Finding Time for Tabletop: Boardgame Play and Parenting
  • Mikko Meriläinen: Parental gaming and successful game education
  • Gabrielle Lavenir: Harmless Gamers? Older Gamers as a Trojan Horse for the Normalization of (Video)Games for Adults

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