Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Postdoc Opportunity on Parenting and Childhood in the Digital Era, at the LSE!!

For those of you researching children & media/digital culture, and nearing the end of (or have recently completed) a PhD, this postdoc opportunity working with the amazing and prolific Sonia Livingstone sounds like a dream come true. I spent an all-too-brief semester working with Sonia at the LSE during my doctoral training, and can't endorse it or her enough -- it's a fantastic, vibrant place, filled with brilliant and collegial people, and Sonia's research is of a caliber we should all aspire to. 

Deadline for applications is August 4th, 2014. Full original job posting cut&paste here:
Postdoctoral Research Officer, Department of Media and Communications
Full-time for two years
£33,450 to £36,520 per annum

The Department of Media and Communication at the London School of Economics and Political Science is advertising for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a timely and original research project into parenting and childhood in the digital era. Applications are invited from outstanding candidates with a PhD in the fields of media and  communications, education, childhood studies or allied social sciences.

The appointee will play a key role in conducting original ethnographic and case study research, project management and research dissemination, under the direction of Professor Sonia Livingstone. The project, ‘Preparing for a Digital Future’ is part of the 'Connected Learning Research Network' (CLRN) led by the University of California, Irvine, together with partner projects across the US, and part of the Digital Media Learning initiative funded by the MacArthur Foundation. The main fieldwork will comprise a series of qualitative case studies which variously examine how parents approach the task of bringing up their children in the digital age. Going beyond the question of how they manage digital media technologies at home, it will ask more broadly how parents conceive of the changes in society since their own childhoods, how they manage them, and what vision of a digital future they have for their children? The project will also identify relevant international projects in order to compare and contrast parenting strategies and practices in the digital era. The appointee will also play a key role in constructing a lively public face for the research in terms of blog posts and social media to engage a wider public of policy-makers, parenting groups and youth/learning practitioners. 
Candidates should have a developing record of excellent quality publications in refereed journals, an ability to write for and communicate with a range of audiences and experience of research management and administration, including workshop/seminar organisation. The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system. In addition to a good salary the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities. 
To apply for this post please go to ‘www.lse.ac.uk/Jobs at LSE’ and select “Vacancies”. The direct link ishttp://bit.ly/1ogaDaT  Applications must be received by 4 August 2014 (midnight UK time). Regrettably, we cannot accept any applications received after this date. Interviews are likely to take place in late August. Informal queries may be addressed to Sonia Livingstone, s.livingstone@lse.ac.uk

Monday, July 07, 2014

CFP Alert: Meaningful Play Conference

Cut & Paste from the email announcement for this year's Meaningful Play Conference, with a warning that the deadline for submissions is next week! Also, please note the publication opportunity with Games and Culture journal. Very cool.

Meaningful Play 2014October 16 - 18, 2014East Lansing, MI, USAhttp://meaningfulplay.msu.edu
Call for Submissions (Deadline July 14, 2014) 
Whether designed to entertain or to achieve more "serious" purposes, games have the potential to impact players' beliefs, knowledge, attitudes, emotions, cognitive abilities, physical and mental health, and behavior.  

Meaningful Play 2014 is a conference about theory, research, and game design innovations, principles and practices.   Meaningful Play brings scholars and industry professionals together to understand and improve upon games to entertain, inform, educate, and persuade in meaningful ways.  

Paper, Panel, Poster, Roundtable, Workshop, and Game submissions are sought from both researchers and practitioners in academia and industry. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are also encouraged to submit either jointly with an academic/member of industry or alone. 

The conference includes thought-provoking keynotes from leaders in academia and industry, peer-reviewed paper presentations, panel sessions (including academic and industry discussions), innovative workshops, roundtable discussions, and exhibitions of games and prototypes. 
Meaningful Play 2014 and the Journal of Games and Culture have partnered to bring a Games and Culture special issue containing top papers from the Meaningful Play 2014 conference. The Journal of Games and Culture Culture is a peer-reviewed, international journal that promotes innovative theoretical and empirical research about games and culture within interactive media. 
Details on the conference, including the call for submissions, is available at:http://meaningfulplay.msu.edu

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Summer Hiatus? Not Quite...

Just a quick update to note that while I haven't had much time to update Gamine Expedition this summer, it's not from a lack of research activity or dearth of interesting kids' digital media-related things going on. My research team and I have actually been hard at work getting as much data collected and as many findings written up as possible before Fall 2014 (when I go on hiatus for real for several months on maternity leave). No need to wait for updates on all of that activity here, however. You can already find news about our research and related stories on my project-specific research blogs, regularly updated courtesy of my diligent and hard-working research assistants.

For news on (and relating to) the Kids DIY Media Partnership, click here!

For news on (and relating to) the Playing at Making project, click here!

For news on my Adaptive Gaming & Inclusive Play project, click here!

 I'll do my best to start updating Gamine Expedition again soon - but with all the projects, data collection and writing assignments I've got going on right now, it's been extra tough to juggle and give adequate attention to all three of my beloved sites.