Friday, May 11, 2012

The Citizen Scientist on the Move: Digital Play, Politics and Epistemology Conference

The site is up for a conference I'm organizing with my colleagues at Utrecht University. It's called The Citizen Scientist on the Move: Digital Play, Politics and Epistemology and has both a 2-day academic conference as well as a workshop day hosted by Waag Society in Amsterdam. It promises to be an interesting event!

About the conference:

With the advent of digital and mobile technologies scientific knowledge production has changed profoundly. As interactive, affordable, networked and ubiquitous technologies they invite people to engage with, alter and probe scientific ‘facts’. Play is essential to think about this new kind of engagement with science. It offers citizens powerful ways to become involved with and knowledgeable about scientific practices and offers subversive and exciting possibilities to actively contribute to and transform them. During this conference we therefore want to look at current citizen science developments through the lens of play. We will explore how the playful potential of digital media and cultures strengthen citizen’s scientific engagement and knowledge about their environment; and how the relationship between professional and laymen knowledge production is shifting through the ludic use of digital technologies.   

For full conference details, registration and other infor, visit the conference site!

Interview about history and future of games.

I did a real fun interview recently with Henk Westbroek for his program on regional television channel RTV Utrecht. It deals with the history and future of digital games, and was filmed in a pool cafe equipped with one of the few remaining arcades in Utrecht - well, in the Netherlands probably. The program also deals with game addiction and games and the elderly. It is all in Dutch, but here's the LINK.