Games and Play
Film, Media and Communication
Maryse Elliott
Clara Fernández-Vara, New York University, USA, Jeroen Jansz, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Joost Raessens, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
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Chronological scope:
Games, play, playfulness, ludification of culture and society, interdisciplinarity, culture, communication, aesthetics

Games and Play series imageGames and Play in Contemporary Culture and Society is a new international and interdisciplinary book series dedicated to game and play research. 

Its primary focus is on the aesthetic, cultural and communicative aspects of games and play in our contemporary society. The series provides scholars with a peer-reviewed forum for their theoretical, analytical as well as historical contributions to the ongoing discussions on games and play. 

The series is not limited to digital games; it includes play phenomena, both digital as well as non-digital; and it covers social-scientific, humanities, as well as industry and design approaches. 

The proposed books should help readers understand the ‘ludic’ aspect of games and play−the ‘gameness’ of games and the ‘playfulness’ of play−without reducing games and play to mere applications or illustrations of other ideas or issues.


Editorial Board Members 

• Prof. Aphra Kerr, Maynooth University, Ireland

• Prof. Ben Schouten, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

• Prof. Emma Witkowski, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

 Prof. Eric Zimmerman, New York University, USA

• Prof. Frans Mäyrä, University of Tampere, Finland

Prof. Jesper Juul, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts,  School of Design, Denmark

• Prof. Kishonna Gray, Arizona State University, Glendale, USA

• Prof. Mathias Fuchs, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

• Prof. Mia Consalvo, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

• Prof. Miguel Sicart, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

• Prof. Souvik Mukherjee, Presidency University, Kolkota, India

• Susanna Pollack, Games for Change, New York, USA

 Prof. Tanya Krzywinska, Falmouth University, Woodlane, UK

• Prof. Yasmin Kafai, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA


Proposals Welcome:

The series welcomes scholarly monographs and edited volumes in English by both established and early-career researchers. 

Proposals for should kindly follow the standard AUP Proposal format and should also include the envisaged table of contents or overview of the volume and abstracts of the proposed chapters or articles. 

Further Information:

For questions or to submit a proposal, contact Maryse Elliott (Commissioning Editor Film, Media & Communication) via

pdf bestand Download the Series Information Leaflet


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