Tuesday, September 07, 2010

An embarrassment of riches

Now that it's back to school time, "So, how was your summer?" is the question to which I find myself spluttering short and unsatisfactory answers. In actuality though, lots of things have been chugging away in the background here at Constructing Amusement.

My summer included dissecting and writing up the data that I collected during my last field sojourn in Asia (Korea, Singapore, India, UAE, and Japan), a mini-burnout, and fleeing the city in search of wine and peaches. I'm only half-joking. With September and the school year underway though, it now feels appropriate to talk about my plans for the Fall. I feel like the dam has finally burst.

I am absolutely tickled to announce that I will be spending the next 6 months in Europe to do a, "Pre-Post-Doc," (as my supervisor playfully calls it). I have been awarded two separate and wonderful opportunities, ultimately courtesy of the European Commission and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF).

First, I will head to TU Delft in the Netherlands where I have been appointed as an Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar for 3 months. Second, I will spend the 3 months following that in Graz, Austria at the IAS-STS as one of their Research Fellows, with additional support from an Ernst Mach Grant (Worldwide). The plan is to look at European contexts of games and play through my dissertation research focus of culture, social structure, and infrastructure (which has been my shtick for a while). The variety of perspectives and input I will gain at these institutions during this final stage of my dissertation writing will be invaluable, and will allow me to check my current assertions while examining the implications for future research contributions.

And, being in the area anyway, I will be presenting a paper on the ethics of informed consent at IR11 in Gothenburg, Sweden. So you should say hi if you're going to be there too, or if you want to find out more about that paper.

It's a busy time, and a crazy time preparing to head out. But who in their right mind would complain.

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4 Comments:

Blogger CC said...

Awesome, Flo! Congrats!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Emm said...

Congratulations!! What a fantastic opportunity. :)

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jukka Jouhki said...

Way to go Flo!

5:25 AM  
Blogger dotorious said...

Wow, what fantastic opportunities -- and no wonder I never see you in Vancouver! ;-) Congratulations! Oh yeah, and in Gothenburg, get yourself to the Fish Church! I had the best food there (3 times in a week, actually). - Judy

10:45 PM  

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