Tuesday 1 – Wednesday 2 October 2019

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney

Getting from point A to point B is one of the fundamental human activities, and the quest to do so has been rendered in myriad works of art through history. Video games have arguably incorporated themes of vehicular transportation since the iconic game Spacewar! in 1962, and the proliferation of driving, flying and freight management mechanisms in video games today shows no sign of abatement. However, themes of transportation are applicable to more than just the piloting of planes, trains, or automobiles; the virtual, political, environmental, and metaphysical aspects of transportation can be seen close to the core of many discourses, narratives, and debates in today’s world.

The LSA invites paper proposals that address any of the possible meanings of the word “transportation” in relation to video game music, including (but not limited to):

  • Vehicular transport, e.g. planes, trains, and/or automobiles
  • Migration, colonialism, and/or displacement of people groups
  • Metaphorical and/or emotional action that might be said to “move” us
  • Mechanisms of metaphysical transformation, e.g. entering the afterlife
  • Moving through or between gameworlds and storyworlds
  • Intersections of gameworlds and real-world transportation

Subject to available time within the symposium programme, we also welcome proposals on any other research topic related to video game music, and proposals from undergraduate students for full-length or half-length papers.

Full-length presentations will be of twenty minutes duration, followed by ten minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals of 250 words should include the paper title and a provisional bibliography. In the submission e-mail, please include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact information, and proposed paper title. No identifying information of the author is to be included in the proposal document.

Proposals are to be submitted to by Friday 16 August 2019, in either PDF or Microsoft Word format. Notifications of successful submissions will be sent by Friday 30 August 2019.

For all enquiries, please e-mail:

Symposium committee: Iain Hart, Barnabas Smith