History Seminar Series, 23 May: Dr Joanna Cruickshank – ‘Reacting to the Past: Gaming History’

Dr Joanna Cruickshank will present her paper, ‘Reacting to the Past: Gaming History’, at this week’s History Seminar (Wednesday, 11am).


In this seminar Jo will be providing an overview of the pedagogy, Reacting to the Past, and its potential applications in teaching history and other subjects at Deakin. Reacting to the Past consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. It seeks to draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas and improve intellectual and academic skills. Jo will talk about her experience of playing a number of Reacting games, discuss the research about the benefits (and challenges) of this pedagogy and plans to introduce it at Deakin.


Jo is a Senior Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Joanna teaches units in the field of gender, Pacific and Indigenous history, and her research examines the role of religion in British and Australian history. These include studies of missionary women involved in Aboriginal missions, a history of sermons in the British world and colonial Australia and research on the religious understandings of colonial humanitarians. Joanna is the Reviews Co-Editor of the Journal of Religious History.

Room Details:

Burwood: C.205
Waurn Ponds: ic3.108
VMP: ARTSED 2 (36917)


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