HIGH POINT, N.C., April 26, 2010 – Dr. Gerald Voorhees, assistant professor of communication at High Point University, recently presented two papers at the 2010 National Convention of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in St. Louis, Mo. and the 2010 Convention of the Southern States Communication Association in Memphis, Tenn.
The PCA/ACA convention, which helps to promote the study of popular and American culture and to support the research and teaching of scholars, was held March 31-April 3.
Voorhees’ presentation at the PCA/ACA convention, titled “I Was, I Am, I Will Be: Rhetorics of the Self in Starcraft and Halo,” examined popular science fiction games as expressions of fear and hope about the future of humanity. In addition to presenting, he also served as co-chair of the Game Studies area where he helped recruit participants and organize presentations.
“As a gamer and a proponent of gaming, it was a labor of love to serve in this capacity and help bring more attention to the social impact of digital games,” Voorhees says. “The presentation generated a good deal of discussion that will help me refine my ideas and pursue new directions in my own research.”
The SSCA convention, which helps promote the study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication, was held April 7-11.
Voorhees’ presentation at the SSCA convention was titled “The Subject of Criticism: A Rhetoric of Inquiry of the Theory and Methods of Digital Game Studies.” His paper was awarded Top Paper in the Rhetoric and Public Address division.
“It was an honor to earn this award not only because it acknowledges the quality of my scholarship and its significance, but also because it recognizes the importance of looking at digital games as a form of public communication,” Voorhees says.
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