Philosophy at Play Conference 2013
9-10 April 2013
University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester, GL2 9HW
Philosophy at Play
is a two-day academic conference focusing on philosophical aspects of play.
Following on from a successful inaugural Philosophy at Play conference (April 2011), a second conference is being held at the University of Gloucestershire on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April
We have accepted an excellent selection of over 30 papers to be presented at the conference, from practitioners and scholars from Scandinavia, South and North America, Australia, France, Germany,
England and elsewhere!
Provisional conference programme now available
The conference programme as at 6 February is available to download here
The programme is subject to further changes.
For all enquiries about the conference, please email us at email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1242 71 4601
"Philosophy at play?"
Play, players, and being at, in or out of play, have been concepts for philosophical debate in the ancient, modern and contemporary eras. The significance of play within ethical, existential and
metaphysical philosophies is well-established, yet rarely are the names or work of key thinkers evident in policy or practitioner discussions about play.
The event aims to build disciplinary and paradigmatic bridges between scholars of philosophy and scholars of play, particularly children’s play.
A book, The Philosophy of Play (Routledge), arising from
papers delivered at the 2011 event is to be published in March 2013, and will be launched at the conference. Read Marc Armitage's review of our 2011 conference on his blog: http://www.marc-armitage.eu/.
We are delighted to announce that the following have agreed to present keynotes at the conference:
Daniel Dombrowski Professor of Philosophy, Seattle
Joint presentation to the BPSA and Philosophy at Play conferences (title to be confirmed)
Mihai Spariosu Distinguished Research Professor, University of
Exile and Utopia as Ludic Liminality
Wendy Russell, Emily Ryall & Malcolm MacLean University of Gloucestershire
Keynote panel on themes arising from the collection Philosophy of Play (Routledge, 2013).
Chris Bateman Games Researcher & Lecturer, University of Bolton
A Disavowal of Games
Conference booking information and fees
The fee for two days of playful and philosophical stimulation is only £120 for bookings received before 28 February. (Links for booking are in the column to the left of this
We are pleased to be able to offer live online access to the keynote presentations and a selection of other presentations, via the Adobe Connect web conferencing platform. The fee for access to
the "virtual conference" is £50.
A concessionary rate of £75 is available for full-time students, University of Gloucestershire staff and students, and those on incomes less than £17000 per annum. Please contact
us in advance with details of your status, in order to obtain a code to use when completing your booking online; or provide necessary information on the booking form.
Unfortunately we are not able to offer any bursaries or any other financial assistance with conference, travel or accommodation costs.
After 28 February, the cost for attending Philosophy at Play will be £170, so book early!
In association with BPSA
The 2013 conference is happening in tandem with the tenth Annual Conference of the British Philosophy of Sport Association and this provides the opportunity for attendance at both events, extending the conference experience over three days. Tuesday 9 April is an
"overlap" day with a shared keynote presentation and the potential for fruitful discussions between philosophers of sport and play respectively. The joint conference fee is just
£150, if booked before 28 February.
Social media links
The conference has its own twitter presence @philosophyplay and is supported by a Facebook event page where you can connect with the organisers and see who is planning to attend!
Download our promotional leaflet for distribution here.
A three course conference dinner will take place on the evening of Tuesday 9 April at a cost of £30. Attendance at the dinner can be paid for via the online store, as above.
Entertainment will be provided by the University of Gloucestershire's Performing Arts students.
Lunch and refreshments
The conference fee includes a buffet lunch on each day. Refreshments will be provided regularly throughout the conference.
We are happy to accommodate particular dietary requirements; please ensure you detail these when you book.
Travel and accommodation
The nearest railway station is Gloucester, situated in the city centre. The campus is served by the Stagecoach bus service 94/94U, which connects Gloucester and Cheltenham.
Directions to the conference venue (Oxstalls Campus) can be found here: http://www.glos.ac.uk/travel/Pages/oxstalls.aspx, or please
contact us for advice on travel arrangements.
Gloucester and nearby Cheltenham have a range of possible hotels for delegates to use. For further information, use a web search or visit: http://www.thecityofgloucester.co.uk/ or http://www.visitcheltenham.com/.
Recommended accommodation for conference delegates is at the Travelodge Gloucester Hotel http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/395/Gloucester-hotel.