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Civics & Swords:  Exploring Social, Civic & Ethical Issues through Fantasy Role Playing Games

*This session is one of the JMU Winter Webinars for students



Diego Salinas


Registration is for all 4 sessions in the series

A part of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, Forum Theatre is a theatrical form that seeks to explore solutions to oppression by encouraging community participation in a Rehearsal for Reality, Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop roleplaying game where players are encouraged to adopt the persona of an original fictional character as they create a collaborative story facilitated by a game master and the randomness of dice.  We will use the mechanics of Dungeons & Dragons alongside Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre to engage participants n a critical discussion and examination of social justice, civic, and ethical issues.  Rather than attempting to resolve these issues, participants will engage wit the topics as a dynamizing rehearsal for real world action.  This workshop will bring three to ten participants together weekly for 1.5 to 3 hours.  During that time a game of D&D will be played, allowing for moments of spontaneous discussion throughout.

Further Reading

Digital Role-Playing Games as Means for Dialogue and Change for Marginalized Teachers by Jonathan Mendels and Amit Schejter
Theatre of the Mind: A Dramaturgical Perspective on Tabletop Role-Playing Games
by Todd Brian Backus et. al.

The Anti-Immersive Theatre or Role-Playing Games
by Michael Ryan Skolnik

The Creative and Reflexive Realms of Gamaturgy
by Lori M. Shyba

Systems of Oppression in Dungeons & Dragons
by Katy Smith

Join the Meeting

This is a virtual workshop. The meeting link and password will be sent in the registration and reminder emails to all enrolled participants. The email will come from LibCal.

Dates & Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm, Tuesday, January 5, 2021
1:00pm - 3:00pm, Thursday, January 7, 2021
1:00pm - 3:00pm, Tuesday, January 12, 2021
1:00pm - 3:00pm, Thursday, January 14, 2021
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Registration has closed. (This event has to be booked as part of a series)

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Bobbi Simonsen