Apply for the Games Research Summer School!

At last years game educator’s summit there was a desire to set up a Research Summer School. The idea was for a roaming event, highlighting and strengthening games research. Together with our colleagues at Högskolan i Skövde and Södertörns Högskola we are happy to announce that applications are now open for the first Research Summer School in Skövde this August!

The three day summer school is open to PhD- and graduate students who are working in areas connected to digital games and takes place in Skövde, Sweden, from 21 to 23 of August 2019. Both early PhD students who are presenting conceptual work and planning for research as well as advanced students who near their defense are welcome. The course is worth 3 credits (ECTS).

Students will present their work and get individual prepared feedback from a senior researcher and a peer. The summer school also offers lectures and workshops led by senior researchers. The topics for 2019 are:

There will also be a seminar that allows participants to find collaboration possibilities and partners and formulate possible topics and agendas for shared research projects. 

Application (25th of March)

If you are interested in participating, please send the following to Patrick Prax before the 18th 25th of March*:

  1. An academic text that you are currently working on (between 500 and 1500 words excluding references)
  2. short description of the over-all (research) project this work is a part of. This could be your dissertation, a master thesis, or another kind of publication or design work.
  3. A brief CV showing your academic and professional work related to games
  4. A few small travel stipends are available on a first come, first serve basis (it will not cover the full cost). If you have financial need, please include this in your email and you will be notified if any stipends are available based on the time you submit your application. You do not need to submit financial information

* The application deadline has been postponed by a week. The new deadline is 25th of march!

Continue reading for the curriculum, schedule and morek!

Important Dates:

Application deadline: 25th of March 2019
Note of acceptance: 1th of April 2019
Summer School: 21-23rd of August 2019


Day 1:
(Social Lunch, optional)
Session 1: Jonas Linderoth
13:00 – 14:45 Lecture 1: “Games, learning and education – not the usual story”
15:00 – 15:30 Workshop 1
Session 2: Lissa Holloway-Attaway
16:00 – 17:45 Lecture 2: “Gender, Technology and Culture: exploring feminist perspectives for inclusive design”
18:00 – 18:30 Workshop 2

Day 2:
09:00 – 11:45 Student presentations with in-depth feedback from one speaker and one participant; Each participant also gives feedback to one peer
Session 3: Petri Lankoski
13:00 – 14:45 Lecture 3: “Game Analysis”
15:00 – 15:30 Workshop 3
16:00 – 17:30 Collaborative workshop to plan collaboration, pitch projects, consider publication venue, funding agency, and theoretical and methodological framework
18:00 – 22:00 Social Event and dinner

Day 3:
Session 4: Per Backlund
09:00 – 10:45 Lecture 4 “Design science research in serious games”
11:00 – 11:30 Workshop 4
Session 5: Patrick Prax
13:00 – 14:45 Lecture 5: “Political Participation and Games as Civic Culture”
15:00 – 15:30 Presentation of the results of the Collaboration Workshop

Questions and contact:

If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Prax and Henrik Warpefelt.

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