Hello RIDERS, some interesting conferences coming up that I would like to share with the network...

I will be talking at the RIDERS final event next week on interactive projects I'm working on or have previously, and I'm really looking forward to meeting some of you in person. Below are some conferences the network may be keen to get involved with.. still time for those who wish to sign up.

Silver Stories Final Conference - Portugal (May)

The International Visual Methods Conference - Brighton (September)

The Biennial DST Conference - USA (September)

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Silver Stories (2013 - 2015) is a research and training partnership of nine organisations from six countries. It brings together expertise in digital storytelling, community engagement and education to train professionals working with community groups and elderly people. Silverstories end of project conference has an open call for papers (closes on Friday 6th of March 2015 however late submissions will be considered and there may be a second call).

This conference will take place in Leiria, Portugal on the 26th-27th of May.


Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers presenting ongoing research, and ninety-minute hackathon style workshops at the interdisciplinary conference...

Digital Heritage meets Interactive Storytelling – the technology, creativity and research behind digital games and interactive environments as applied today to be held at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York, on the 9th and 10th April 2015.


The conference-workshop aims to bring together scholars and practitioners from the humanities and sciences to investigate the potential of digital games and interactive storytelling for the enhancement of research in the humanities.The two‐day event will encourage the exchange of knowledge and the development of sustainable and collaborative working relationships.

The workshops are meant to present ongoing research and investigate the creation of usable software, or hardware; they will help users to explore the potential value of interactivity and digital games as research tools and as a means of creating social impact.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words as Word or PDF email attachments to rt748@york.ac.uk by the 28th February 2015. Further information: Conference Chair – R.Turina jrturina@gmail.com

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The first of the Nordic LARP presentations from the RIDERS Summer School are now up...

Dear Riders members, I would like to bring to your attention in advance that I am organising a conference. It will take place on the 9th and 10th, April 2015 at TFTV, and it is focused on Interactive Storytelling in Digital Games. 
The conference aims to bring together people from the humanities and other fields within the sciences to discuss the research behind games, and the application of creativity and interactive storytelling in interactive environments and games. The idea is to encourage an exchange and the development of projects that will show the technical ability, and the creative potential to be engaging, entertaining and useful on diverse and multiple levels. 
The working title of this conference will be 'Digital Heritage interviews Interactive Storytelling - the technology, creativity and research behind digital games and interactive environments as applied today.' The two-day conference is supported by the Centre for Digital Heritage and will include panels, discussions, and a workshop.
So far, the spirit of collaboration and exchange of knowledge under which the idea for this conference was born is supported by Dr. Daniel Kudenko (Computer Sciences), Dr. Richard Walsh (English Department), Dr. Gareth Beale (Archaeology Department) and Professor Ruth Aylett, Department of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
If anyone in the network has useful feedback or suggestions on whom to invite to come on board, please contact me - rt748@york.ac.uk - I am currently working on a CFP, and finalising the application for a Digital Heritage grant so all suggestions are most appreciated.
Best wishes,

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