Virtual Worlds and Social Science Conference
Forthcoming in February at Emory, for all you thunking types out there, the press release states:
On Monday, 11 February 2008 Emory University will host a public forum
discussing both research and long-term implications of virtual and
real-world interactions with regard to commerce, politics, and society.
Castranova positions the conference as the first gathering of the growing community of academics examining virtual worlds:
These possibilities have now been thrust into the spotlight by the publication, in Lancet and Epidemiology, of research on the Corrupted Blood plague in World of Warcraft. A trickle of virtual world social science papers is appearing. It appears we are now ...