Call for Proposals

UPDATE: the submission deadline for the 2015 Call for Proposals has been EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, JULY 1
See instructions and FAQ below (including info about travel grants)

The Queerness and Games Conference
October 17-18, 2015, UC Berkeley

The Queerness and Games Conference, an annual, community-oriented, nationally-recognized event dedicated to exploring the intersection of LGBTQ issues and video games, is accepting submissions for presentations at the 2015 conference now through JULY 1 !

Accessibility, inclusion, and creativity are key values of QGCon. We seek to foster dialogue between scholars, game developers, and game players. That makes QGCon different from many other conferences, and it means the audiences for your presentations will be diverse. We encourage you to envision talks that are welcoming and engaging for attendees of all backgrounds. To get a sense for the tone of QGCon talks, feel free to check out the recordings of the 2014 and 2013 sessions. Proposals that incorporate opportunities for interaction and/or play are especially appreciated.

QGCon embraces an intersectional approach to queerness. We welcome submissions that address topics of gender, race, ability, body type, and class. This work reminds us that the struggles (and victories) of those of us who play from the margins are interconnected struggles.

What type of talk can I propose?
– Sessions types include presentations, panels, micro talks, workshops, roundtables, and performances
– You may propose to present solo, in pairs, or in small groups
– Let us know how much time you would like for your presentation. Solo talks normally run between 20 and 60 minutes, while workshops and performances sometimes need more time.

Do you offer travel funding for speakers?
QGCon runs on a tight budget, but we know that financial accessibility is an important part of fostering diversity. For the 2015 conference, we hope to offer grants to help defray the cost of travel for speakers joining us from outside the Bay Area. While full details are not yet official, we encourage speakers who are interested in receiving a grant to submit a request as part of their talk submission (see below for instructions).

How do I submit?
To submit, please send a description of your proposed session (approximately 300-500 words) and a brief bio for each of your presenters (approximately 100-200 words) to submit@qgcon.com. Submissions are due no later than June 1, 2015. Also, please indicate what type of session you are proposing and your requested presentation length.

If you would like to apply for a speaker travel grant, please indicate this in your submission and let us know where you will be traveling from and whether you will be receiving any additional funding (e.g. an academic travel stipend).

Are there topics or sessions you’re particularly interested in?
Yes! While we welcome all submissions that relate to queer issues and/or games, we would also love to see talks that address race, disability, gender, and class. We would also love to see more design post-mortems and more interactive workshops.

When will I find out if my talk has been accepted?
You can expect to hear back from the QGCon organizers about the status of your proposal by July 15. If you do not hear from us by late July, please feel free to get in touch.

What if I have questions?
To learn more about QGCon, please check out the information about the conference here at qgcon.com. If you have questions for the organizers, please feel free to get in touch by writing to contact@qgcon.com.

We’re looking forward to your submissions! Many thanks from the QGCon 2015 organizers: Bonnie Ruberg, Chris Goetz, Chelsea Howe, Diana Pozo, Zoya Street, and Deirdra “Squinky” Kiai.