Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Simulations miscellany, 10 December 2013


Between grading exams and a forthcoming Chatham House conference, I won’t be posting much at PAXsims for the next couple of weeks. However, it does seem a good time for a round-up of recent serious games and conflict simulation-related news:

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The United States Institute of Peace has conducted the first of what will be a series of semi-annual PeaceGame, in this case devoted to the ongoing conflict in Syria. You’ll find a brief summary of the day at Foreign Policy magazine (cosponsors of the event). We’ll also feature a contribution in the coming days that looks at the methodological strengths and weaknesses of the USIP event.

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The Games+Learning+Society Center and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be hosting the 10th annual Games+Learning+Society (GLS) Conference on 11-13 June 2014 (with some pre-conference activities on June 10):

The GLS Conference is the premier event in the field of videogames and learning. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, this grassroots “indie” event continues to be one of the few destinations where the people who create high-quality digital learning media can gather for serious discussion about what is happening in the field and how the field can serve the public interest. Our event is well known for its exceptionally high quality of content yet “community event” feel – one attendee called GLS “what happens if an all-inclusive Sandals Resort met a typical educational conference and landed in Wisconsin.” Each year, we foster in-depth conversation and social networking across diverse disciplines including game studies, education research, learning sciences, industry, government, educational practice, media design, and business. Our continued commitment is to reinvent learning both in and out of formal school environments through the promise of games and simulations.

Conference highlights include: keynotes by leaders in both academics and industry; interactive workshops on game research and game design; both individual and symposia presentation sessions; big debates about critical aspects of gaming and game design; hands‐on game play in the arcade; the beloved “hall of failure”; a massively multi-player evening poster session over dinner and an open bar; fireside chats that enable cozy conversations among VIP speakers and attendees; a brand new Working Examples submission system; and the third glorious year of the Educational Game Arcade, which offer a space for conference attendees to play the games created by members of our community.

We offer a variety of session formats, and encourage submissions ranging from traditional paper presentations to innovative formats focusing on game play. Submissions will be accepted starting December 1, 2013, and are due online by January 31, 2014. Complete submission guidelines and templates can be found on our website, as well as more information about the GLS Playful Learning Summit and the Doctoral Consortium.

And don’t hesitate to email with any questions –

Constance Steinkuehler
Caroline C. Williams
Games+Learning+Society Conference
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Twitter:  @GLScenter

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Hemda Ben-Yehuda, Chanan Naveh and Luba Levin-Banchik of Bar Ilan University and Sapir College are organizing an online conflict simulation before and during the 2014 International Studies Association conference.

The World Politics Simulation Project offers ISA members an innovative, informative and enjoyable way to network on Facebook with colleagues across the globe before the ISA convention and during an ISA workshop in Toronto, 2014. Stepping into the shoes of key decisionmakers in the Middle East will give participants a unique opportunity to become a part of active learning community.

The ISA 2014 Simulation Schedule

Until January 15 2014 – Registration for the Facebook Simulation and ISA workshop

FACEBOOK SIMULATION: January 31st 2014 – Scenario posted on Facebook Wall. Within team domestic politics and foreign policy formation begins. Media teams approach the political teams and interact.

February 10th – Updated scenario posted on Facebook.

Wednesday, February 12th (9.00-11.30 PM, Israel time) – World politics round, on Facebook.

February 13th – February 20th – Ongoing world politics, on Facebook.

February 25th – Feedback form deadline.

SIMULATION: March 25th 2014- ISA workshop in Toronto from 1:00 -5:00 PM, a face to face game, followed by a debriefing discussion on simulations as a teaching tool.

Join us on Facebook:

For more information:

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Interested in fictionalized settings and the scenario development process? Then check out Graham Longley-Brown’s blog.


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