Congratulations to PhD Candidate Elise Vist, who won the Faculty of Arts heat for the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, and will be competing against other faculties in the campus finals on March 27th. 3MT encourages graduate students to develop a short synopsis of their dissertation which they could pitch to a non-specialist in an elevator, a coffee shop, in line for a conference badge, etc. Elise’s 3MT presentation is called “When Fans Get Their Hands on Canon”–though as Elise notes “Negotiating Authority: Fans as Authors of Canon” is probably a more accurate title. Her entry can be viewed here:
Elise is currently studying the intersections of feminism and game studies, and is a member of the Games Institute, housed in English at Waterloo. Thanks to her experiences with locative narratives and tabletop game design, she has become interested in low-tech games and enjoys encouraging people to make “crap games.” As a co-founder of the Games Institute Janes, Elise is currently working towards bringing people who identify as women together to make, play, and talk about games. Other interests include autobiographical games, post-colonial theory, and online activism.
From the website: The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) is a university-wide competition for research-based masters thesis and doctoral students at the University of Waterloo. Competitors have 1 static slide and 3 minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research to a non-specialist audience.