8th ITRA World Conference, Paris 11,12,13 July 2018

Conference Theme

The predominant theme for the 8th ITRA Conference is "Toys and Material Culture: Hybridisation, Design and Consumption".

Beyond toys, the conference will explore the place of tangible objects and novel forms of material culture in play. What are the similarities and the differences, the relationships, between toys and other material devices, such as board games, cards, digital games and media-connected objects? Are there, in play, or in the trans-mediated toys themselves, new forms of materiality?

Three words can summarize this topic:

In addition to the main theme of the conference, other topics relating to toys and material culture are welcome. This includes, but is not limited to the following topics:
We welcome abstracts of completed research, case studies and development projects, as well as incomplete or proposed research or ideas for future research in order to generate discussion and feedback.

To submit a paper, symposium or poster

If you would like to present a paper, organize a symposium or present a poster please submit the requested abstract or proposal, in English, before 29th January 2018. Submissions should be sent to Gilles Brougère at brougere@univ-paris13.fr

Papers will be limited to 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for questions and comments. In addition to some basic background information, the abstract must include methodology, research data and results, discussion or conclusion. Authors are also asked to provide which category (from the above list) best fits the description of their paper. The title of the abstract, names, affiliations and email addresses of each contributor should be provided. An abstract should be one A4 page in portrait layout (around 2000 characters). Deadline 29th January 2018.

Symposia will be limited to 2 hours, with three or four presentations on a common theme. Each proposal should contain the title of the symposium, an overview of the symposium (around 2000 characters), and abstracts of each presentation should be presented in the same format as the papers. Deadline 29th January 2018.

Posters should be suitable for presentation. Poster sessions usually do not occupy conference time and take place during the coffee breaks. Their duration should be limited to 20 minutes. If you would like to present a poster, please submit a one-page abstract in the same format as the papers. Deadline 29th January 2018.

The scientific committee will review your abstract or proposal for its suitability to the conference. You will receive a reply by 15th March 2018.

If you require a response before this date, please apply in writing to Gilles Brougère at brougere@univ-paris13.fr when you submit your paper, symposium or poster.


Conference proceedings will be published in the open archive HAL. Participants who wish to have their full paper published are required to submit it to Gilles Brougère at brougere@univ-paris13.fr by 15th September 2018.

Registration and fees

Registration for the conference is available online only. The conference fee must be paid by credit card. Your registration will not be valid until you have successfully completed the entire process and received a confirmation of registration and payment. If you are unable to register online via credit card, please contact Gilles Brougère at brougere@univ-paris13.fr .

There will be two registration periods, early and regular. Student fees are applicable only to full-time university students who can present an official certificate of their student status the first day of the conference.

Early registration until 1st May 2018€300
Early registration after 2nd May 2018€340
Student early registration until 1st May 2018€200
Student late registration after 2nd May 2018€230

Payment by credit card (MasterCard and Visa only) can be made here.

Registration fee includes all conference sessions, conference materials, scheduled meals, refreshments at breaks. It also includes a trip to the French Museum of Playing Cards (www.museecarteajouer.com/) on the evening of the 12th July 2018. Museum entry fee, demonstration and meal inclusive of registration fee.

The fee does not include accommodation and travel expenses.

Financial Support

Limited financial support will be available to participants for whom registration fees and/or travel costs present a hardship. Please submit your request for financial consideration before 8th January 2018 to the ITRA Treasurer, Cleo Gougoulis (cleogougoulis@yahoo.gr ).

Venue Details

The conference will be held at MSH (Human Sciences House) Paris-Nord, a new and interesting building dedicated to research in human sciences close to a new university campus for human sciences under construction.

The conference centre is situated at 20 Avenue George Sand in La Plaine Saint-Denis (part of the Grand Paris conurbation) and is a two minutes walk from the “Front Populaire” Paris Metro station (Line 12). It is situated 4 to 6 stations from the famous Parisian area of Montmartre.

Travel Information

Paris is easily accessible from anywhere around the world and is served by two international airports (Orly and Charles de Gaulle). It is worth noting that some low cost flights (for example Ryanair) arrive in Beauvais Airport, which is 85 km from Paris (approximately a 75 minute bus journey).

High Speed trains (Eurostar, Thalys, Lyria, and TGV) connect Paris to various other major continental cities and an efficient road system makes travel to Paris, by car or coach, a viable option from other European countries.

The Paris Metro has a well developed rail network which means the conference centre is around 15 to 30 min from downtown Paris.

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Paris - Accommodation

The conference centre at MSH Paris Nord is situated on a university campus which is currently under construction which limits the availability of cheap student or hotel accommodation. Conference attendees are advised to book hotels in areas in close proximity to the Paris Metro Line 12. This includes the Montmartre, Pigalle, Grands Boulevards and Grands magasins, Opera, Tuileries, the fashion district and Sèvres-Babylone areas, all of which are within 15 to 30 minute Metro journey to the MSH conference centre.

The Call for Papers can be found here.


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