Faculty of Information welcomes visiting postdoctoral fellow Dr. Arlete dos Santos Petry

By Amy Ratelle on Mar 20th, 2014

The Faculty of Information is pleased to welcome Dr. Arlete dos Santos Petry, a Visting Postdoctoral Researcher who will be studying with iSchool Assistant Professor Sara Grimes for the next 6 months at the Semaphore Lab.

Dr. dos Santos Petry comes to us from Brazil, where she is completing postdoctoral research on a scholarship from the São Paulo Research Foundation (Fapesp), at the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Tourism at School of Communications and Arts, University of São Paulo (ECA- USP). She has degrees in Psychology (BA, UISINOS University), Education (MA, UNISINOS University) and Communications and Semiotics (PhD, PUC-SP University). Dr. dos Santos Petry’s research applies a framework combining Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Education theories in order to understand gaming, authorship and knowledge production within digital games.

With the collaboration of colleagues, the results of her graduate research were recently transformed into a digital game prototype. Last year, she also co-designed and co-taught the first graduate seminar on digital game studies ever to be offered at the University of Sao Paulo.

Dr. dos Santos Petry’s current postdoctoral research examines the expansion of digital gaming beyond entertainment, in cases where barriers between play/leisure and work/labor seem to be breaking down. During her time at the iSchool, she will also be contributing to Dr. Grimes’ SSHRC-funded project entitled “Playing at Making,” which examines issues of inclusivity and access in children’s game design programs and practices. Be sure to say hello if you see her around Bissell or the Semaphore Lab.

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