Submissions are open to people from all backgrounds, disciplines, and levels of expertise. We strongly encourage those who have never spoken at a previous Freeplay to submit! Creative practitioners from neighbouring fields and disciplines who are interested in games are also strongly encouraged to submit! Freeplay actively seeks practitioners from outside of games to talk about how their own disciplines and art practices apply to or intersect with games and play.
As per 2019’s theme, we’re on the lookout for people willing to talk on introspection, self-reflection, mental health, burnout, exploitation, vulnerability, and care. We’re also interested in hearing people speak about games and playful culture more broadly; from talks on critiquing games, game design conventions and practices to making non-commercial games, non-digital games, live games, art games, and installation games, or talks on games as protest, activism and resistance, gender and identity politics in games, unionisation in games, and forming collectives. We’re open to all sorts of talks and ideas so if you’re not sure about what you want to say, the format of your talk, or how it fits with Freeplay or its theme, please reach out.
Speakers receive a free pass to the Freeplay Conference and Freeplay Awards. In addition to this, we're proud to pay our speakers a speaker fee. We have limited speaker slots, so we can't guarantee your talk will be accepted, but would love to hear from you regardless!
For more info on this year's theme, visit: http://freeplay.net.au/freeplay-2019-keynote-and-theme-reveal/
Submission deadline is Sunday 31st March, 11:59pm (AEST).