NICA recommends | ‘Ecogames: Games and Play in Sustainability Awareness, Communication and Action’ – Summer School
Dates: 21-25 August 2023
Location: Utrecht University
Application deadline: 9 August 2023
Credits: 2.5 ECTS
With the impending climate crisis and its short-term repercussions becoming more ‘tangible’ every year, popular media and especially games – both digital and analogue – are increasingly drawing attention as powerful tools for climate education, communication and action. The summer course builds on and contributes to a growing body of scholarship that explores this phenomenon, situating it within the broader field of environmental humanities and ‘green media’ studies. We investigate how ‘ecogames’ complement existing ecomedia (e.g. film, television, photography, performance or music) and approach the study and societal application of ecogames from a variety of research traditions, including the humanities, social sciences, sustainability studies, economics and creative practice research.
For that purpose, the summer school brings together leading researchers in the field of ecogames from the universities of Warsaw (Poland), Manchester (UK), Cologne (Germany), Aalborg/Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo (Norway), and Utrecht (Netherlands). Each day is dedicated to a different theme/methodology, ranging from ecocritical game analysis (day 1), (board) game modification for climate communication (day 2), metagaming (eco)practices like cosplay or in-game photography (day 3) and ecogame production/reception (day 4) to ecogame aesthetics (day 5), which situates ecogames in a broader media context by emphasizing the role of sound and music.
The summer school is aimed at students (from ambitious BA and MA/MSc students to PhD candidates) as well as members of private and public sector institutions (companies, NGOs, activist groups etc.) that may already utilize games or gamified systems for environmental communication, education and action, or simply aim to better understand how and when to use them.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until August 9th, 2023.
Subsidized housing is available at €200 for the whole week.
For more information (including a tentative program) and to apply online, visit https://utrechtsummerschool.nl/courses/humanities/ecogames-games-and-play-in-sustainability-awareness-communication-and-action
Dr. Stefan Werning | firstname.lastname@example.org
2,5 ECTS credits (whether this is extracurricular or can be used for curricular credit, e.g. as a tutorial, is determined by the participant’s home university; the amount of credits accepted can also vary per institution) + certificate of attendance (can be graded upon request)
€300 | Covers administrative costs, course materials and catering (light lunches and hot/cold drinks as well as a welcome dinner).
Utrecht University, Drift 25, 3512 BR Utrecht (room 1.02)