Theme: Traversing Boundaries, Barriers, and Borders

International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

November 11-15, 2023
CCI-Convention Center
Kobe, Japan


Second Extension! FINAL Submission Deadline: July 7th, 2023, 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on earth)

Updated Submission Deadline: July 2nd, 2023, 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on earth)

UPDATED: Late Breaking Work Deadline August 25th, 2023 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on earth)

ICIDS is the premier conference for researchers and practitioners concerned with studying digital interactive forms of narrative from a variety of perspectives, including theoretical, technological, and applied design lenses. The annual conference is an interdisciplinary gathering that combines technology-focused approaches with humanities-inspired theoretical inquiry, empirical research and artistic expression. ICIDS 2023 is the 16th edition of the conference and will be presented as a fully hybrid event.

The theme for the conference this year is Traversing Boundaries, Barriers and Borders. We are motivated to consider the varied border and boundary crossings enabled by the current state of Interactive Digital Storytelling. At a time when our fields for reflection and making have matured and deepened, particularly in the complex intra-disciplinary modes of creative/critical design and research within our ICIDS communities, we ask you to reflect on your own situated-ness, displacements, and modes and means of travel. Where are you located in relation to interactive digital story-making and reflection, and how does that enable or hinder your perspectives? In what ways, and how, do you navigate around and through disciplinary fields, making-practices, users, nations, cultures, and other environments for engagement? Who is included and excluded from these bounded territories, freshly-mapped worlds, and/or open sites for play and interaction? Maps describe a variety of features from different perspectives of physical, social and economic significance. We envision the act of traversing as both wayfinding and trailblazing and cartography of a burgeoning field that requires multiple intersectional perspectives. What are your cartographic tools; how do they allow you to map-make to find new routes and passages that are open for all? We welcome contributions from diverse perspectives, including but not limited to: decolonial thinking, cross-disciplinary collaboration or resistance, multinational design as well as development critique and practice, and/or around issues of diversity and inclusion across communities and tools. 

We encourage authors to consider possible connections to this theme and we will foreground contributions that focus on the topic. But we also emphasize that there is no requirement that papers or workshops reflect the theme, either implicitly or explicitly – it is meant only as inspiration and is not intended to impose a constraint on other possible contributions and topics relevant to the field of Interactive Digital Storytelling. To that end, we also suggest other areas and modes for presentation, including late-breaking works, a new category introduced this year.

Please review the following areas of interest and descriptions of types of contributions for more consideration:

Areas of Interest

Paper submissions are invited into one of the following main conference areas listed below. Please note that the defined areas are intended to be general and we invite authors to interpret them broadly. They are meant to help us find appropriate reviewers and to design a program that reflects a diverse range of interests on the topic of Interactive Digital Storytelling.

  • Interactive Narrative Design
  • Social and Cultural Contexts
  • Theory, History, and Foundations
  • Tools and Systems
  • Virtual Worlds, Performance, Games, and Play
  • Applications and Case Studies

Workshops, Creative Track, and Doctoral Consortium

ICIDS will also host a series of workshops, demos, an exhibition of creative works, and a doctoral consortium for student researchers. The calls for these will be available separately on the website.

Submission categories

Papers may be either long or short, but should present interesting and novel work at all stages of completion. The appropriate length should be determined by the author(s) to best represent the material they choose to foreground. All papers may contain images and/or figures. However, note that any images or figures not produced by the authors will require copyright clearance. 

  • Full papers (4000-6000 words, excluding references, to be published in the proceedings).
  • Short papers (2000-4000 words, excluding references, to be published in the proceedings).
  • Late Breaking Work (2000-3000 words, excluding references, to be published in the proceedings) describing works in progress, working, presentable systems, or brief explanations of a research project. Late Breaking Work will be presented at the conference in the form of a demo or poster session, not a full presentation, and should be selected if the full or short paper formats are unsuitable for representing the proposed research, due to their unfinished nature.. 

Submissions are accepted through Easychair.

Abstracts and references do not count toward the word limits. Authors must anonymize their papers before submission as the peer-review process is double-blind.

Please note that papers must be written in English, and only electronic submissions in PDF format will be considered for review. Publication is conditional on a minimum of one author registering for the conference to present the work to the community. Successful submissions will be included as part of the conference proceedings published by Springer. All submissions must follow the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format, available at:

Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ instructions and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer’s proceedings LaTeX templates are available in Overleaf. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.

The best experience of ICIDS is by attending in person, as this is not a fully hybrid conference as in previous years. However, remote attendance is possible. if none of the authors of a paper can travel to the conference. In this case, publication of the contribution in the proceedings is conditional on registration and remote presentation (either live or as a pre-recorded video, depending on the final arrangements). Remote participants need to be aware that the conference will take place in the JST time zone (GMT +9).

Important dates

June 25th: Submission Deadline (full, short)
July 2nd: Submission Deadline Extended (full, short)
August 6th August 19th: Acceptances/rejections sent to authors

August 13th:August 25th: Late Breaking Work deadline
August 27th: September 10th: Late Breaking Work decisions
September 10th: September 16th: Camera-ready deadline
November 11th-15th: Conference

ICIDS 2023 General Chairs

Ryosuke Yamanishi, Kansai University
Ruck Thawonmas, Ritsumeikan University

ICIDS 2023 Program Chairs

Lissa Holloway-Attaway, University of Skövde
John Murray, University of Central Florida

Financial Management Chairs

Akiko Yamanobe, May project
Frank Nack, ARDIN

General Conference Contact

Conference Website

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ICIDS is the main academic conference of the Association for Research in Digital Interactive Narratives (ARDIN)

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