Appel à Prop : revue Games and Culture, no “The other Caillois” DL : 25.9.2015

La revue Games and culture (spécialisée en game studies, i.e. les jeux vidéo) lance un appel à propositions :

Call for Papers Games and Culture, “The other Caillois. Game studies beyond Man, Play and Games”

Guest editors: Marco Benoît Carbone and Paolo Ruffino

Throughout the emergence of video games studies, the reception of French intellectual and game theorist Roger Caillois has been contradictory. On the one hand Caillois, along with other influential contributions on game practices, provided a springboard for discourses on video games that sought to frame them as dignified cultural forms within the established philosophical domain of play. On the other hand, while using Caillois as an unavoidable benchmark, video game scholars have focused mostly or exclusively on Man, Play and Games (1958, trans. 1961), increasingly criticising it as a descriptive and positivist work. This seems to contradict a parallel and possibly much stronger intellectual legacy (and critique) of Caillois as a transversal, a-systematic and provocative thinker. Aligned with a critique of positivism that can be traced to Nietzsche, Caillois exerted a decisive influence on authors like Jean Baudrillard (see The Intelligence of Evil and the Lucidity Pact, 2004, trans. 2005).
Caillois notably envisioned a resort to “diagonal sciences” that could decisively (and often controversially) cut through established approaches to play, myth, the sacred, art, and politics. Challenging what could be argued to be a unilateral reception of this author, this issue of Games and Culture provides an opportunity to envision a more complex relation between Caillois and game studies beyond the shoehorn model of text-book interpretation.

By looking at game studies in light of Caillois’ strikingly manifold production, this issue encourages debates on his appropriation by emerging approaches and novel analyses of his allegedly essentialist or positivist view of games, through engagement with a broader understanding of his complex intellectual trajectory. Authors are encouraged to consider historicised analyses of the field of games studies, aiming at disentangling how Caillois has been received and individuating specific interests behind the uses of his theory. We also look forward to receiving analyses highlighting aspects such as his reception in disciplinary context, across different traditions, countries and languages where his works have been made diversely available. Finally we encourage original, focused analyses of games, in all their forms and with particular attention to electronic and digital practices, inspired by the diverse approaches to society, the individual, and their practice in the light of Caillois’ perspectives.
We will gladly welcome applications aiming to a more comprehensive understanding of Caillois’ work in relation to games and to hitherto unexplored critical vistas. An unashamedly cross-disciplinary collection, this issue of Games and Culture will boast rigorous, historicised, contextualized contributions to games through the lens of the other Caillois.

Themes for this issue may include but are not limited to:

– Play and games in Caillois within and beyond Man, Play and Games.

– How the notion of mimicry, crucial in the early work of Caillois, could let us re-imagine the relation gamer-game (see Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia, 1936, trans. 1984).

– How Caillois’ work on the interrelationship between sacred and profane could contribute to the on-going debates about and around the notion of the magic circle (see Man and the Sacred, 1939, trans.

– The use of games for doing things (serious games, gamification etc.) and the lives of things that Caillois describes in early contributions such as The Writing of Stones (1970, trans. 1985).

– Transversal approaches to video games: philosophy, sociology, anthropology, media studies.

– Magic beans and acephalous sciences: play, imaginative thought and intellectual provocation in the texts of the Surrealist thinkers who worked in close relationship with Caillois.

– Standing on the shoulders of giants: game studies and intellectual legitimisation.

– Video games and gambling: games of chances, game addictions.

– Video games on and off the screen: embodiment, urges and rituals.

– Video games as vertigo: beyond the pedagogical paradigm.

– Video games, society, and the sacred: entertainment, representations, beliefs.

– Caillois and the others: comparative game analyses through Caillois and other thinkers that were inspired by his thought.

Please submit an initial proposal of 1,000 words (exc. references) by the 25th of September 2015. This should be sent as a word document or PDF to the contact emails specified at the end of this call. The proposal should describe the topic and outline the main aims or argument of the article. It should include an indicative list of references.

Authors of submitted proposals will be notified by the 16th of October, 2015.

Authors of successful proposals will then be asked to submit a full article (no more than 8,000 words) by the 4th of December, 2015.
Articles should be submitted to

The full articles will undergo a double-blind peer review process. For details of how to submit to Games and Culture and of the peer review process, see:
Accepted articles will be published in the Autumns 2016 issue of Games and Culture.

This issue will be edited by Marco Benoît Carbone and Paolo Ruffino.

(Editors’ note: although originally intended for scholars in the field of game studies, we would like to create transdisciplinary connections between various fields of research in this special issue of Games and Culture. We hope our call for papers can be interesting for the readers of this mailing list.)

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Thierry Wendling (2015, 17 juillet). Appel à Prop : revue Games and Culture, no “The other Caillois” DL : 25.9.2015. Anthropologie du jeu. Consulté le 23 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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