[KS] Kabo Reforms at AAS, April 2 noon

Jennifer Jung-Kim jenniferjungkim at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 12:37:07 EDT 2011

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Dear KS Listserv Members:

John Duncan and Jennifer Jung-Kim (UCLA) will run a 90-minute micro-game of
their Reacting to the Past game, "Korea at the Crossroads of
Civilizations: Confucianism,
Westernization, and the 1894 Kabo Reforms"

as a meeting-in-conjunction during the AAS-ICAS conference in Honolulu on
Saturday, April 2, 12:00-1:30 pm in Room 302A of the Hawai'i Convention

Participants will get an overview of the Reacting to the Past pedagogy and
the Kabo game, and then break out into factions with their individual role
assignments for a brief debate on social reforms. This micro-game is
designed to provide an introduction to professors who wish to consider
adapting the game for classroom use.

The game designers as well as instructors who have used the Kabo game in
their teaching, faculty who have completed a 2-day workshop on teaching the
Kabo game, as well as a former student and Reacting veterans will be on hand
for the post-debate discussion as well.

Please note that this is a historical role-playing course where students
read primary sources and secondary scholarship on late-19th century Korea
before launching into debates as historical characters from the 1894 Kabo
games. The game engages the students to make these issues personal in order
to win personal and factional victories. (It is not a video game, a board
game, or a political science simulation.)

The Kabo game is taught as a stand-alone 10-week course at UCLA but has been
adapted to shorter lengths at other schools. The Kabo game has also been
translated into Spanish as well by Prof. Jorge DiMasi and his team at the
University of La Plata in Argentina.
For more info about the Kabo Game, please see:

“Reacting to the Past” (RTTP) consists of elaborate games, set in the past,
in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the
history of ideas. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors
advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work. It seeks to
draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and improve
intellectual and academic skills. For more info, please visit:

Questions can also be emailed to: John Duncan (duncan at humnet.ucla.edu) and
Jennifer Jung-Kim (jungkim at ucla.edu).

We hope to see many of you at the session.

Thank you.

John Duncan & Jennifer Jung-Kim
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