Call for Papers: 'Body Movements' Special Issue

June 21, 2017
Press Start is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue of the journal, and to invite submissions relating to the theme of 'Body Movements'.
With the theme of 'Body Movements' we invite a broad range of topics within the field of digital and analogue game studies. Authors are invited to present empirical and theoretical research in which they reflect on the body in games and play. Research topics could include, but are not limited to:
  • The virtual body in relation to the material body
  • Digital and board-game interfaces (controllers, motion sensing, physical play, etc.)
  • Political movements and political bodies
  • Social and community bodies
  • Inertia and movements of gaming bodies
  • Bowel movements, body horror and gore
  • Immersed bodies, virtual reality headsets and motion sickness
  • Feminine, trans- and other bodies in games
  • The body in game culture
  • Athletic bodies in esports/ Bodies in esports
  • Player and community agency
Articles in Press Start are normally expected to be 3000-5000 words in length but, for this special issue, longer papers will be considered. It is expected that the special issue will be published in December 2017 and the deadline for submissions is 31 October 2017. Early submissions are encouraged! Informal enquiries may be directed to Matthew Barr ( and Lars de Wildt (, or feel free to join our friendly Facebook Group at and post your question there.
Members of the Editorial Board will also be hosting workshops at their host institutions (the University of Glasgow, University of Sydney and the University of Central Florida) in order to support authors working on submissions to this special issue. An online workshop will also be run for the benefit of authors unable to attend local events. The workshops are intended for students of all levels, from undergraduate to Ph.D. Details of workshop arrangements will be posted on the journal’s Facebook Group.
Press Start is an open access, peer-reviewed student journal led and fed by students. Press Start publishes the best undergraduate and postgraduate research, essays and dissertations from across the multidisciplinary subject of Game Studies. The Editorial Board and Reviewers are comprised of students and recent graduates.