Summer course: Ecogames. Games and Play in Sustainability Awareness, Communication and Action

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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 possible solutions for climate education, communication and action. This 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.

Researching ecogames

In the course, you 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.

International leading researchers

For that purpose, the summer school brings together leading researchers in the field of ecogames from the universities of Warsaw (Poland), Manchester (UK), Cologne and Bochum (Germany), Aalborg/Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo (Norway), Maribor (Slovenia), Olomouc (Czech Republic) and Utrecht (Netherlands).


Each day is dedicated to a different theme or methodology, ranging from ecocritical game analysis (day 1), scenario-planning games (day 2), ecogame production and reception (day 3) over metagaming (eco)practices (day 4) to ecogame aesthetics (day 5), which also includes more recent playful technologies like VR installations.

The course 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.

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300 euros (Including course + course materials + lunch)

For this course you are required to upload a motivation letter (deadline: 5 August)

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