This is what a dissertation defense ceremony looks like in Utrecht, Holland, where it is conducted pretty much the same way as it was in the 1100's. I was honored by an illustrious panel of professors who flew in from across Europe to challenge my critique of corporatism as a media environment. It was at once loving and adversarial, and a conversation for which I am truly a richer person and deeper thinker.
Thanks especially to Prof.dr. Frank Kessler, Prof.dr. Joost Raessens, and Dr. Mirko Schaefer, who were my proponents, as well as my worthy opponents, Prof.dr. William Uricchio (MIT-Utrecht University), Prof.dr. Frans Mayra (University of Tampere, Finland), Prof.dr. Ben Schouten (University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Prof.dr. Jeroen Jansz (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Prof.dr. Christoph Bieber (University of Duisburg-Essen Germany).
If anyone is considering a Masters or PhD in new media studies, digital culture, or games and playability, you probably won't find a better or more beautiful place to study than The Center for the Study of Digital Culture, Games and Play at Utrecht University.
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