Call for Papers (Technical Program)

The theme for the conference this year is Interconnectedness and Social Impact. We encourage authors to consider possible connections to this theme in their papers, but we emphasize that there is no requirement that papers reflect the theme, either implicitly or explicitly. The theme is meant as inspiration, and is not intended to act as a constraint.

A downloadable version of this call can be found here: pdf | plain text

Main areas:

Paper and poster/demo submissions are invited into one of four main conference areas. Please note that the topics listed for each area are suggestions, and we invite authors to interpret them broadly, and to consider similar topics that are not listed:

  1. Narrative Systems: covering technological research from narrative AI to authoring tools.
    Area chairs: Ben Samuel (University of New Orleans) and Albert Li Boyang (Nanyang Technological University)
    • Narrative AI and Procedural Generation
    • Formal Models of Narrative
    • User Modelling
    • Authoring Tools
    • Novel Interfaces and Feedback
    • Interactive Cinema and iTV
    • Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality Storytelling
    • Storytelling with Big Data
    • Novel Architectures and Engines
    • Computational Narratology
  2. Interactive Narrative Theory: exploring narratological models and literary approaches.
    Area chairs: Frank Nack (University of Amsterdam) and Ruth Aylett (Heriot-Watt University)
    • Narratological Models
    • The Role of Author and Reader
    • Literary Approaches
    • Narrative and Game Design
    • Narrative and Performative Practice
    • Aesthetics
    • Critical Readings
  3. Interactive Narrative Impact and Applications: describing the impact of interactive narrative on society and novel applications.
    Area chairs: Vincenzo Lombardo (Università degli Studi di Torino) and Cristina Sylla (University of Minho/ ITI/LARSyS)
    • Health, social, or educational applications
    • Impact on Culture and Society
    • Ethical, moral, social, and policy issues
    • Professional Practice and Processes
    • Purposive Interactive Stories and Games
    • Applications of Interactive Narrative Technology
    • Production and Processes
    • Cognitive and Affective Aspects
    • Narrative Presence and Engagement
    • Evaluation of Applications.
  4. The Interactive Narrative Research Discipline and Contemporary Practice: presenting new philosophies and methodologies.
    Area chairs: Christian Roth (University of the Arts Utrecht) and Lissa Holloway-Attaway (University of Skövde)
    • Philosophical Approaches
    • Learning from Other Traditions
    • New Scientific Methodologies
    • Pedagogy and course structure
    • Archives and Preservation
    • Place of Interactive Narrative among other fields
    • Reflection on the History of the Discipline
    • Future of the Discipline
    • Blue Skies Research.
      In this fourth area we additionally welcome position papers that may make a strong but well-grounded argument about the past, present and future of the discipline.

Submission categories:

  • Full papers (9-12 pages, excluding references, in the proceedings) describing interesting, novel results or completed work in all topics of this call.
  • Short papers (6-8 pages, excluding references, in the proceedings) presenting exciting preliminary work or novel, thought-provoking ideas in their early stages.
  • Posters and demos (4 pages, excluding references, in the proceedings) describing working, presentable systems or brief explanations of a research project.

Submissions should be made through the ICIDS Easychair site:

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 and attending to present the work to the community. The peer review process for ICIDS 2021 will be double blind and follow the guidelines set out by the ICIDS Steering Committee: Note that ICIDS follows the CHI anonymization policy:

In the event a paper is rejected it may be considered for another category at the discretion of the Program Chairs and General Chairs. 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 accepted, 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.

Provisions with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic: If none of the authors of a paper can attend the conference due to the current pandemic or in case the situation requires us to run the conference virtually, publication of the proceedings will go ahead, and will be conditional on registration and remote presentation (either live or as pre-recorded video depending on the final arrangements).

Important Dates

July 23rd July 30th – Submission deadline (full, short, poster/demo)
September 28th October 5th – Notifications to authors
October 8th October 15th – Camera ready paper due
All deadlines are 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)

Call for Creative Works

Coming soon

Call for Workshop Proposals

A downloadable version of this call can be found here: pdf | plain text

Proposals for workshops are short papers (4 pages including references, in Springer LNCS format: that are not anonymized. Workshops may vary in length, from half a day to a full day, and may vary considerably in format. Interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged.

Successful proposals require at least one workshop organizer to register for ICIDS 2021 and to attend to run the workshop. Workshop attendees will also need to register for ICIDS 2021 in order to attend.

Proposals should include: 

  • A brief description of the workshop (maximum two pages), outlining: 
    • Format 
    • Goals 
    • Topic 
    • Expected outcomes 
  • A proposed schedule and a short draft of the call for participation. 
  • The names, affiliations, and email addresses of the proposed organizing committee. This committee should consist of two to four people recognized in the area. 
  • The primary contact for the organizing committee. 
  • If possible, a list of tentatively confirmed attendees. 
  • A proposal for how the workshop might be run remotely/virtually if this is necessary due to the ongoing pandemic. 

Workshop proposals must be submitted via email to by 23 30 July 2021. Your email should outline any requirements that you have for running your workshop at the conference (e.g., requirements pertaining to space, physical/virtual setup, technology, etc.). The workshops will be held on December 7th 2021.

Previous ICIDS workshops: 

Workshop proposals and papers will be published online and made available through the ICIDS 2021 website.

Important Dates

July 23rd July 30th – Submission deadline (workshop proposals)
August 9th August 16th – Notifications to workshop organizers
All deadlines are 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)

Call for Doctoral Consortium Participation

A downloadable version of this call can be found here: pdf | plain text

The Doctoral Consortium (DC) is an opportunity for PhD students to present their research in areas related to topics of the ICIDS conference. The Consortium will provide expert feedback on students’ current research and guidance on future research directions. We will also discuss career development.

 The event is intended for students who have articulated a research proposal and can point to some initial results. The work should still be in progress and malleable enough to take advantage of the feedback. 


Submit before midnight (AoE) on 17th September 2021 in one combined PDF to 

  • Short paper (max 4 pages in LNCS Format, plus references) describing the research work, initial results, status and next steps. 
  • CV of the PhD candidate (1-2 pages) including a list of own previous publications (if available) 
  • Additional materials (videos etc.) can also be submitted by adding links to the submission PDF
  • Submissions should be authored by the student only, and they should not be anonymized for review. 

Review process

Contributions will be reviewed by a panel of experts, selected to match the topics of the contributions. In addition to quality of submission, additional factors such as expected thesis submission date (priority will be given to students with less time to completion), as well as diversity of students across research areas and institutions will also be considered.


Accepted contributions will be presented at the ICIDS 2021 DC and receive feedback from a panel of experts. In order to participate, applicants must register for the conference. A publication of revised abstracts is planned.


ARDIN is happy to announce the availability of travel scholarships for accepted contributors to the DC, who can apply after acceptance by stating their need (e.g. flight ticket, accommodation) in an email to Funds are limited and the scholarships will be awarded strictly on a need basis. Further details will be shared at a later date. 

The ICIDS 2021 DC Chairs, Sylvia Rothe & Hartmut Koenitz