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What is it like to be a Playful Academic, and how can we forge ways to get there?

PUP Talk (webinar) - free and open to all

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Mandag 11. oktober 2021,  kl. 15:00 - 16:30


Online (Zoom)


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About the Research Team

Our research team formed around two years ago, from within a longer-standing collaboration between Pedro and Annika as part of the socSMCs.eu 2020 EU Horizon project, and Annika’s research visits to the interacting minds center in Aarhus, where Katrin works. Our different research backgrounds come together in a shared understanding of research: as an ongoing process, a collaborative cycle of activity that connects diverse experience, theory and practice, to generate a rigorous (responsible, sustainable) mode of intervention.    



  • Annika Lübbert, PhD student, Department of Neuro- and Pathophysiology, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
  • Pedro Gonzales-Fernande PhD student, HfMT in Hamburg, Germany
  • Katrin Heimann, Postdoc, Interacting Minds Center at Aarhus University, Denmark



In this session, we introduce the theories and backgrounds that inspired our ‘scores for the playful academic’ - short sets of instructions that help us bring playfulness into our work as researchers. We also invite you to explore these scores with us: in an hour and a half, we level the space for games, listening, movement and writing to play an active part in our academic projects and collaboration.

Our work is inspired by ‘4EA’ approaches to cognition: theories that highlight the embodied, embedded, extended, enacted and affective nature of thinking and acting. We also draw from insights into the importance of playfulness for learning and creativity, and the essential role of ‘deep listening’ (to one’s own and others’ experience) for successful and sustainable collaboration. We found scores to be an ideal medium to explore and implement these ideas within academic (or other) work contexts.    


Further Information


  1. Find our article + supplements at https://www.journalofplayinadulthood.org.uk/article/id/875/
  2. Find information on the ‘Mindful Researchers’ here - the MR is an online community / network of researchers who meet regularly to develop and practice genuine and supportive forms of academic collaboration. We co-facilitate open dialogues, personal-professional presentations, listening-circles, co-creative and playful academic sessions.


Sign up: Please no later than october 6th, 2021, at 23:59 Central European Time (CET)