DiGRA Flanders: Ghent, Belgium (June 6, 2017)

We are happy to invite anyone in or near Belgium to the upcoming DiGRA Flanders meeting in Ghent. These meetings are intended for everyone currently conducting or interested in research into digital games. Local DiGRA meetings provide a way for researchers to share their research in a formal presentation; as well as an informal setting in which to meet colleagues with joint interests.

This year, the DiGRA Flanders meeting will be held in Ghent, in De Krook (Co-creatie lab) on June 6th, from 12:00 to 17:00. Six speakers will present their research:

12:00-13:00: Walk-in and introduction by Lars de Wildt
13:00: Prof. Stef Aupers (KUL); Iulia Coanda (KUL); & Cindy Krassen (KUL). Games of Social Control: A sociological study of ‘addiction’ to Massively Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Games.
13:30: Bert van der Hoogerstraete (Eurogamer Benelux) Newsgames. Where Games and Journalism Meet.
14:00: Rowan Daneels (KUL) Antonius J. van Rooij (Trimbos Instituut); Joyce Koeman (KUL); & Jan Van Looy (UGent). “Should I stay or Should I Go?” Exploring the determinants of player cessation in digital games.
14:30 Break
15:00: Laura Herrewijn (UGent); Steffi De Jans (UGent); Veroline Cauberghe (UGent); & Liselot Hudders (UGent) – “Game yourself advertising literate!”: A series of serious mini-games aimed at enhancing children’s advertising literacy
15:30: Tobi Smethurst (UGent). Unmanned: Playing America’s Drone Wars
16:00: Magda Praet (UGent); & Annemie Desoete (UGent) Een voorsprongbenadering bij kleuters in functie van (voorbereidend en aanvankelijk) wiskundeonderwijs; het kan!
16:30 – 17:00: Closing Q&A and Discussion

After the Q&A, there will be the possibility to go for drinks and dinner (at your own expense).
At 19:30, there is also a “Kraks @ De Krook“-event on the topic of combining health and technology (in Dutch), for those who are interested.

DiGRA Flanders is a chapter of the international Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA). DiGRA is the association for academics and professionals who research digital games and associated phenomena. We aim to encourage high-quality research on games, and to promote collaboration and dissemination of work by our members. In order to achieve this goal, we organize research meetings – of which DiGRA Flanders is a local effort. The topics that are discussed are always derived from the various academic disciplines that study digital games, ranging from the social sciences to design research, software engineering, cultural studies and philosophy.

The meeting is free, but registration is required. We hope to see you there, and that you will join us for drinks afterwards. http://www.gameonderzoek.be/index.php/page/register.html

Kind regards,
On behalf of DiGRA Flanders,
Lars de Wildt & Jasmien Vervaeke


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