Canon and AARCon at #aarsbl17

April 29th is apparently Tabletop Day, and so this seems as good a time as any to share this somewhat overdue piece of information.

I received notification a while back that I’ve had a paper accepted for SBL 2017 in Boston. The title is “Can the Dynamics of Canon Formation be Replicated through Game Mechanics? An Experiment in Gamified Pedagogy” and it will be presented under the auspices of the Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies program unit. A card game might not sound digital, but I am going to focus not only on the pedagogical aim that I had for the classroom, but also the means used to create the game so as to make the classroom activity possible.

This seems like an appropriate context in which to also float the idea of starting AARCON (called that not because it won’t be open to SBL folks, but simply because of the great pun on archon, with the added bonus that if it goes well, we can tout it as “Return of the AARCON” in subsequent years). Who else would be interested in one or more gaming sessions at AAR/SBL? This could be on the Friday before things really get started, or at some other point perhaps in the evening.

Who’s game? And whose game(s)?  :-)

For those interested in the use of role playing games for educational purposes, Reacting to the Past has two conferences this summer that may be of interest: the Seventeenth Annual Faculty Institute at Barnard College and the 2017 Game Development Conference at Newman University. There is also an upcoming conference on gaming and history.

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  • John MacDonald

    I wish I would have had you for a professor back when I was in University. School would have been a lot more fun!

  • Phil Ledgerwood

    AARCon? I think you meant “sky demon.”

    I just got this past week my copy of “Tales from the Loop,” which is a Swedish RPG that is semi-collaborative in the narrative and the players are a group of misfit kids in the 80s. They are confronted with strangeness in their world and have to figure it out, in the flavor of “E.T.” or “Goonies” or “Stranger Things.”

    I’ve thought that sort of system could be a thought provoking way to explore other times and events, real or fantastic.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Sounds interesting!

  • arcseconds

    Perhaps you could get some ‘aircon’ puns in too, or does that sound too different in your language?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      What is “aircon”? It does sound different in my dialect of English.

      I know “Con Air”…

      • arcseconds

        Short for air conditioning.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

          Where is that used?