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People

Prof. dr. Joost Raessens (Staff)
Function: Professor of Media Theory, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Research: Ludification of culture; homo ludens 2.0; ludic turn in media theory; playful identities; serious games; play as a conceptual framework for the analysis of media use.
j.raessens(at)uu.nl / website
Dr. Sybille Lammes (Staff)
Function: Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick.
Research: Playful mapping; digital cartography; games; spatio-cultural functions of digital media; spatial storytelling; digital culture; actor-network theory (ANT).
s.lammes(at)warwick.ac.uk / website

Dr. René Glas (Staff)
Function: Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Research: Control, agency and ownership issues in/around digital games; cheating; "gamification"; digital game history; participatory culture; fan culture; World of Warcraft...
r.glas(at)uu.nl / website

Dr. Michiel de Lange (Staff)
Function: Lecturer in New Media Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University; co-founder of The Mobile City.
Research: Mobile and locative games; urban games; play and identity; play as conceptual approach for media analysis.
m.delange(at)uu.nl / website
Alex Gekker
Function: PhD candidate, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Research: Examining the emerging ubiquity of digital maps through combined perspectives of New Media, Science and Technology and Human Geography.
a.gekker(at)uu.nl / website
Teresa de la Hera Conde-Pumpido 
Function: PhD candidate, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Research: Investigating Persuasive Structures in Advergames
t.delaheraconde-pumpido(at)uu.nl website

Affiliated Researchers


Dr. Isabella van Elferen
Function: Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Research: Music and (digital) media; film, television and computer game music; gothic and horror music; ontology, hauntology and spectrality.
i.a.m.vanelferen(at)uu.nl / website
Dr. Mirko Schaefer
Function: Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Research: Cultural aspects of computer technology and software; extended culture industry; bastard culture.
m.schaefer(at)uu.nl / website

Dr. Imar de Vries
Function: Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Research: Wireless communication; mobile media; augmented reality; interface culture; technological imaginary.
i.o.devries(at)uu.nl / website

Dr. Chiel Kattenbelt
Function: Associate Professor, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Research: Media comparison; intermediality; semiotics; aesthetics; performance and media theory.
m.j.kattenbelt(at)uu.nl / website

Dr. Ann Sophie Lehmann
Function: Associate Professor, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Research: Ludic interfaces; digital materials; processes of production; visual realism; computer graphics; making as play.
a.s.lehmann(at)uu.nl / website
Prof. dr. William Uricchio (UU/MIT)
Function: Professor of Comparative Media History, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University; Professor and director of Comparative Media Studies (CMS) at MIT.
Research: Interplay of media technologies and cultural practices in relation to the (re)construction of representation and knowledge.
uricchio(at)mit.edu / website

Prof. dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Function: Affiliated Researcher at the Research Institute for History and Culture, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Research: Applied media research; media psychology; violent video games; psychology of humor; toys, play and child development.
j.goldstein(at)uu.nl / website

Douglas Rushkoff (New York University and The New School University, NY)
Function: Author and media theorist.
Research: Viral media; social currency; relationship of people to the programs they use; application of media and game theory to culture, religion and economics.
rushkoff(at)rushkoff.com / website

Prof. dr. Paul Kirschner (Open Universiteit)
Function: Professor of Educational Psychology; Chair of the Learning and Cognition Programme, Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC), Open Universiteit.
Research: Collaborative learning; situated/immersive learning; learning and cogntion.
paul.kirschner(at)ou.nl / website
Prof. dr. Jos de Mul (EUR)
Function: Professor of Philosophical Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Research: Philosophy of ICT; ludic culture; anthropology of play; tragedy.
demul(at)fwb.eur.nl / website
Prof. dr. Valerie Frissen (EUR/TNO/HCSS)
Function: Professor of ICT and Social Change, Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Senior Strategist at TNO and The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.
Research: ICT and social change; playful identities.
valerie.frissen(at)tno.nl / website

Teun Dubbelman 
Function: PhD candidate and Junior Researcher, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Research: Games and narrative; game aesthetics; games as art; immersion and presence; transmedia and spatial storytelling.
t.dubbelman(at)uu.nl / website


Dr. David Nieborg
Function: Game Researcher, Journalist, Entrepreneur.
Research: Political economy; game industry; console games; participatory culture; game journalism.
david(at)gamespace.nl / website




Past Visiting Scholars


Marcelo Simão de Vasconcellos (Visiting Scholar- Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Year: 2012.
Function: Ph.D candidate
Research: MMORPGs’ potential for Health Communication.
vasconcellos(at)fiocruz.br website

Michaela Rizzolli (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
Year: 2012.
Research: Exploring material culture in MMORPGs; gender in MMORPGs;
m.r.rizzoli(at)uu.nl



María Ruth García Pernía (University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain)
Year: 2011.
mruth.garcia(at)uah.es website
Dan Reynolds (UC Santa Barbara, USA)
Year: 2010.
d.reynolds(at)umail.ucsb.edu / website




Yavuz Kerem Demirbas (Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Year: 2010.
techmort(at)gmail.com / website



Prof. dr. David Williamson Shaffer (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Year: 2008-2009.
dws(at)education.wisc.edu / website





Research Master Students

Richard van Meurs
RMA: Media and Performance Studies.
Year: 2009-2011
Research: (Online) games; virtual worlds; social network games; player behavior.
richardvanmeurs(at)gmail.com / website

Abby Waysdorf
RMA: Media and Performance Studies.
Year: 2010-2012.
Research: Sports and media; canons; sport video games.
a.s.waysdorf(at)students.uu.nl


Suen de Andrade e Silva
RMA: Media and Performance Studies.
Year: 2010-2013.
Research: Social games, serious games, postcolonial issues on video games.
s.deandradeesilva(at)students.uu.nl

Martijn van Zwieten
RMA: Media and Performance Studies.
Year: 2010-2012.
Research: Video game journalism; video game literacy; video game ethics.
m.v.a.vanzwieten(at)students.uu.nl


Terry Guijt
RMA: Media and Performance Studies.
Year: 2010-2013.
Research: (Online) games and new media; virtual characters; (digital) music in games; playing with evil.
c.c.guijt(at)students.uu.nl


Amber Lammers
RMA: Literary Studies: Literature in the Modern Age.
Year: 2009-2011.
Research: Literature and new media; literary games; hypertexts; digital art; fan fiction; ludification of literature.
a.m.l.lammers(at)gmail.com / RMA Thesis

Geert Bruinsma
RMA: Media and Performance Studies.
Year: 2007-2011.
Research: Videogames and visual culture; the videogame image; phenomenology of videogame play; Bergsonian and Deleuzian theory for the analysis of videogame play.
gbruinsma(at)gmail.com / website / RMA thesis

Lotte Harmsen
RMA: Media and Performance Studies.
Year: 2007-2010.
Research: Game play as performance; virtual space; Deleuzian theory; philosophy of games.
lharmsen(at)gmail.com / website / RMA thesis


Lies van Roessel
RMA: Media and Performance Studies.
Year: 2006-2008.
Research: Game design; serious games / applied games; Dutch game industry.
Function: Game Design Researcher, Utrecht School of the Arts.
lies.vanroessel(at)kmt.hku.nl / RMA thesis (winner Max van der Kamp Thesis Award, press release here).