Summer School: Multidisciplinary Game Research 2020 – Between Theory and Practice

Summer School: Multidisciplinary Game Research 2020 – Between Theory and Practice

17-21 August 2020 (Utrecht University)

Application deadline: 1 July 2020


This summer course provides a multidisciplinary perspective on games and play in contemporary culture, combining perspectives from various disciplines within the humanities, social sciences and computer sciences. It addresses the challenges but also the transformative potential of both ‘applied’ and entertainment games, and provides participants with a holistic perspective including analysis, design and validation. By combining aspects of theory and practice, the course enables participants to better understand and meaningfully implement the potential of games and play within current socio-cultural contexts.


The program comprises workshops by senior researchers from the Center for Game Research (Utrecht University/UU), the departments “Media and Culture Studies” and “Information and Computing Sciences” (UU), the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (UU), the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UU) and affiliated institutions. Each day is dedicated to a different angle, starting with applied game analysis, moving on to games for learning, game ecologies, games as interdisciplinary facilitators for scenario planning and policy-making, and finally the aesthetics of (persuasive) game and play experiences. Apart from the interactive workshops, joint social activities with the UDS summer school ‘Exploring Culture Through Data’ and a tour of the Mo-Cap Lab at Utrecht University round off the program.

Organizational matters

The course is aimed at students (from ambitious BA and (R)MA students to PhD candidates) as well as members of private and public sector institutions (companies, NGOs etc.) that are already working with games and play in some capacity or aim to better understand how and when to use them.

For more information (including a tentative workshop schedule) and to apply online, go to or contact

1,5 ECTS credits + certificate of attendance

€ 300 (Course fee + course materials), Housing: € 200.00 (through Utrecht Summer School)