Bursaries available for Pgrad researchers for Mapping the Collective in November

Applications are invited from UK-based postgraduate students working in the field of games-related research for a bursary to support their participation at our AHRC-funded Creative Territories final network event on 10th and 11th November 2014. The event will be hosted by the Digital Cultures Research Centre of the University of the West of England at the Watershed in Bristol. The bursary is to support travel and accommodation up to the value of £200 (exceptional cases will be considered).

The Creative Territories research network examines the emerging but highly significant – economically and culturally – indie games element of the video games industry to identify how it makes possible new kinds of cultural production, collaboration and creativity. The goal of the research is to formulate and to ‘map forward’ the key processes and connections that represent commercially viable, creatively sustainable and culturally valuable pathways for the development of this sector.

This two-day event will bring together our network of researchers and representatives from Indie game collaborations from the UK (Bristol Games Hub, Leamington Spa Creative Arches) and internationally (Dutch Game Garden) along with representatives from cultural and creative industry sector organisations.  Presenters include Professor Jen Jenson (Director of Institute for Research on Learning Technologies at York University, Toronto), Celia Pearce (Director of Indiecade and Professor of games design, Northeastern University, Boston), project partners Tom Rawlings (Co-Director, Bristol Games Hub) and Joost Raessens (Professor of Media and Culture, Utrecht University), and project leaders Patrick Crogan (DCRC) and Helen Kennedy (Brighton University).

Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest (no more 200 words) outlining how participation relates to your own research and/or professional development. Email your statement to Nick Triggs (nick.triggs@uwe.ac.uk) by 10th October 2014. Notification of the bursary recipients will be made in mid-October.   General enquiries about the project should be directed to Patrick.crogan@uwe.ac.uk

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