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Pieter Van den Heede MA

PhD candidate


Area(s) of interest: Film, Photography & Audio Visual Media, Heritage Studies, Popular Culture, War & Conflict

Games set in war-devastated European (urban) landscapes’

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Overkoepelend project: ‘War! Popular Culture and European Heritage of Major Armed Conflicts’
Promotoren: Prof. dr. Kees Ribbens, Prof. dr. Jeroen Jansz
Aanstelling: Vanaf juli 2015

The present PhD-project is a part of the Research Excellence Initiative (REI)-programme‘War! Popular Culture and European Heritage of Major Armed Conflicts’. Within this programme, an analysis is made of the ways in which the heritage of modern wars, such as World War II, is represented and appropriated through contemporary popular culture. In addition, it examines which modifications or additions can be advised to harmonize these appropriations with the requirements and principles of democratic historical and civic education. More information about the REI-programme can be found on the following website:
The PhD-project ‘Games set in war devastated European (urban) landscapes’ focuses on theways in which modern wars, and especially World War II and recent armed conflicts, are represented and simulated in commercial digital games. It also centres on the ways in which gamers experience these games and how the opinions they have about historical conflicts and war in general relate to their gaming activities.