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Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Monday, October 2, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 2, 2017


Dear Games Studies Division Members, Please consider volunteering to review for the GSD this year. WHY?

1) By providing high quality reviews, you might earn the High Quality Reviewer Award, which entitles you to a free conference registration and a "top reviewer" ribbon! (extrinsic motivation)

2) In the spirit of our collaborative profession which relies on the strength of peer review, volunteering will make you feel good deep down inside. (intrinsic motivation)

3) The system only works if there is a balance of authors and reviewers. Don't be a free rider. (social guilt) HOW?

     1) Enter your info in this easy-peasy survey (

     2). This will help me match reviewers and papers in a way that makes everyone as happy as     possible (e.g., topics, types, number). 2) Log into the #ICA18 submission page (, click "Volunteer to Review", and mark Game Studies.

*WHEN? I need to assign reviews in early November, so please volunteer before then. You will have about three weeks to complete the reviews.

*WHO? You, silly! That's why you're on the email. But seriously, all levels are welcome. This is a good opportunity for junior scholars to get a hang of the process. Lastly, *please check out the GSD CFP*(

Note that we are expanding our reach to include studies of games and/or advanced immersive media (GAIMs), such as virtual environments and simulations. Please feel free to tell your colleagues who might fit but have not yet engaged with the GSD, especially graduate students who are eligible for our Flashlight sessions (for which we have enlisted 10 other divisions/interest groups as co-sponsors!).

Thanks for your consideration. Looking forward to seeing you all in Prague.

Take care,

Robby Ratan GSD Vice Chair



The Communication Law and Policy and Philosophy, Theory and Critique and Divisions of the International Communication Association seek nominees for the annual C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy.

The Baker Award recognizes work that has made significant contributions to the development, reach and influence of such scholarship. While the award committee favors research that consists of multiple projects and publications that have made a clear, coherent and sustained contribution to the advancement of such scholarship over time, single works and/or activities that have been highly influential in the field may also qualify someone for nomination.

More specifically, nominees for this award will have accomplished one or more of the following:

(1) opened up new theoretical and/or methodological territory in research on any aspect of the interrelations between media, markets and democracy;

(2) made other important contributions to the advancement of scholarship on these inter-relations;

(3) engaged in activism that advanced scholarship on these inter-relations.

The award is open to ICA members and to anyone else whose research can be shown to have a connection with the work of the ICA and its various divisions. We encourage self-nominations, as well as the nomination of others. Members of the Award Committee may nominate, but no ICA member who makes a nomination or who is nominated for an award can serve on the committee judging the nomination.

All nominators must:

(1) Submit letter(s) of nomination, not to exceed two pages each. These letter must: (a) specify the relevant body of work and/or other contributions made; (b) address the work’s and/or activity’s contributions to scholarship of media, markets and democracy (in the case of research, this will involve theoretical and methodological assessments of that work); and (c) make a case for its influence and impact on the advancement of such scholarship.

(2) Submit representative examples of the work cited, along with a CV, to the chair of the awards committee.?

(3) Have all materials electronically submitted by 11:00 pm EST, 5 October 2017.

The Baker Award was established in 2010 through an endowed fund created from the estate of Professor C Edwin Baker (1947-2009), who was the Nicholas F. Gallichio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is intended to honor the enormous contribution made by Professor Baker to communications scholarship.

The Divisions gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Professor Baker’s sister Dr. Nancy Baker. Nominations should be sent to:

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