February 4 to 6, 2012
Every day we experience a media mix: we play, read, watch, write, copy and comment across multiple media platforms. Video games and animations are no exception to this phenomenon. With an ongoing rise in this media trend, the fifth edition of the President’s Conference Series will explore the importance of experiencing a media mix in the forms of anime, manga (Japanese comics) and video games.
The three-day event will begin with a keynote lecture by acclaimed scholar and manga writer Eiji Otsuka. The second day will begin with a symposium where local and international scholars, along with Concordia’s own experts, will be exploring the current synergy between films, video games, comic books, novels, and soundtracks.
Following the symposium, guests will be invited to participate in an unforgettable gaming experience offered by Concordia’s innovative research centre in Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) and the Mount Royal Game Society. Participants will enjoy the unveiling of new creations by Concordia students, vintage consoles to rediscover, and large-scale projections of players’ performances. This distinctive arcade promises to break gaming out of its traditional boundaries ...and maybe even outside the building!
The third day is open to a select number of graduate students from Canada, Japan, and the United States who will attend a series of classroom lectures to deepen their understanding of the media mix and its implications on a wide range of academic fields from history and sociology through film and communication studies to literature.