The year was almost over when project leaders Maria Grever and Stijn Reijnders told me that the researchproject War! Popular Culture and European Heritage of Major Armed Conflicts was funded by the EUR REI (Research Excellence Initiative). Three PhD students and one post-doc researcher will work on this project at ESHCC, EUR. Kees Ribbens (NIOD, Amsterdam) and I will supervise a PhD student who will disentangle the representation of war in contemporary videogames.
This game-based project is the cream on a cake that was already very taste as a result of the funding Julia Kneer and I received in 2014 from KIEM-NWO-CLICK.nl to translate Julia’s creative ideas for an anti-smoking game into an actual (online) game. We at ERMeCC do so in collaboration with Ranj, the Rotterdam based serious games company.