The Tampere Game Research Lab has hosted an international spring seminar for work-in-progress papers annually since 2005. As all participants have been able to read each paper in advance, the seminar has offered a unique place for informed discussion and to receive worthwhile and relevant criticism. Each seminar has had a timely theme and two or more expert commentators. Professor Frans Mäyrä has chaired the seminars.
2017: Spectating Play – (Commentators: Nicholas Taylor from NC State University and Tanja Sihvonen from the University of Vaasa)
2016: Money and Games – (Commentators: Juho Hamari from University of Tampere and Pauliina Raento from University of Helsinki)
2015: Adult Play (Commentators: Ashley Brown from Brunel University of London and Jaakko Stenros from University of Tampere). A selection of the papers from this seminar will be published as a special issue in Games and Culture journal.
2014: Critical Evaluation of Game Studies (Commentators: Jesper Juul from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Bart Simon from Concordia University, with keynote by Espen Aarseth from IT University of Copenhagen.) A selection of the papers from this seminar will also be published as a special issue in Games and Culture.
2013: Physical and Digital in Games and Play (Commentators: Annika Waern from Uppsala University and Katriina Heljakka from Aalto University.) A selection of the papers from this seminar have been published as a special issue of ToDiGRA journal.
2012: Role-Playing in Games (Commentators: Torill Mortensen from ITU Copenhagen and J. Tuomas Harviainen from University of Tampere.)
2011: Games and Innovation (Commentators: F. Ted Tschang from Singapore Management University, Jason Della Rocca from Perimeter Partners, Montreal and Mirva Peltoniemi from Aalto University.) You can check out the proceedings here.
2010: Games Research Methods (Commentators: Mikael Jakobsson from Malmö University and Jussi Holopainen from Nokia Research Center.) A selection of the papers from this seminar have been published as a special issue of Simulation & Gaming journal.
2009: Playful Experiences (Commentators: Aki Järvinen from ITU Copenhagen and Oskar Juhlin from The Interactive Institute)
2008: Breaking the Magic Circle (Commentators: Markus Montola from University of Tampere and Simon Niedenthal from Malmö University)
2007: Gamers in Society (Commentators: T.L. Taylor from ITU Copenhagen and Daniel Pargman from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
2005: Creative Gamers (Commentators: Henry Jenkins from MIT and Mikko Lehtonen from University of Tampere).