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Summer of Reacting II: India, 1945

  • August 09, 2021
  • 11:00 AM
  • August 11, 2021
  • 4:00 PM
  • Virtual
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  • For current members of the Reacting Consortium.
  • For any instructors who are not yet members of the Reacting Consortium.
  • For instructors who are members of historically underrepresented and marginalized identity groups, and/or those teaching at HBCUs, Tribal colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, or community colleges. Email reacting@barnard.edu by July 10 to apply.


The Summer of Reacting II, part of our annual summer conference series, offers faculty around the world opportunities to play a variety of games and experience the Reacting pedagogy online. See more of the Summer of Reacting, and all our events

Recommended for experienced Reacting instructors, and specialists.

This game is set at Simla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where the British viceroy has invited leaders of various religious and political constituencies to work out the future of Britain’s largest colony. Will the British transfer power to the Indian National Congress, which claims to speak for all Indians? Or will a separate Muslim state—Pakistan—be carved out of India to be ruled by Muslims, as the Muslim League proposes? And what will happen to the vulnerable minorities—such as the Sikhs and untouchables—or the hundreds of princely states? As British authority wanes, tensions among Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs smolder and increasingly flare into violent riots that threaten to ignite all India. Towering above it all is the frail but formidable figure of Gandhi, whom some revere as an apostle of nonviolence and others regard as a conniving Hindu politician. Students struggle to reconcile religious identity with nation building—perhaps the most intractable and important issue of the modern world.

Become a member (sliding scale for individual membership starts at $25)
$100 for members
$150 for non-members
$0 for funded registrants (see below)

Additional details to come. All times Eastern. 
August 12-13 (Thurs-Fri) 11 AM-12 PM; 1-2:30 PM; 3-4 PM daily

The Reacting Consortium is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging. These values inform our work to foster an accessible community, our approach to game development, and our determination to contend with “big ideas.” We have reserved free spots in all of our 2021 workshop and conference programming to advance these values. These spots are for instructors who are members of historically underrepresented and marginalized identity groups, and for those teaching at minority-serving institutions (HBCUs, Tribal colleges and universities, AAPI and Hispanic-serving institutions). If you are interested in applying for one of these spots, please send an email to reacting@barnard.edu with the subject line “Funded SOR Spot” by July 10. Even if the general spots for this event are sold out, these funded spots may still be available. Please apply and share with colleagues.


Mark Carnes is a professor of history at Barnard College and creator of Reacting to the Past. He is the author of many books in American history and general editor of the 26-volume American National Biography, published by the ACLS and Oxford University Press.

Lopita Nath is the Chair of the History Department and the Director of the Asian Studies Program at the University of the Incarnate Word. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership at the university. Dr. Nath is an expert on migration in Asia and issues of human displacement, refugees, and human rights. In 2003, she authored her first book, The Nepalis in Assam: Cross Border Movements and Ethnicity (Minerva: Kolkata, India). Her current research is on the Bhutanese refugee resettlement in the United States. Dr. Nath has presented at several U.S. and International conferences and published several articles and book chapters on her research. She is the past president of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, coordinator of the European, Middle-Eastern and Asian Studies at the Southwestern Historical Association and serves on the boards of the Catholic Charities and the Institute of Texan Cultures.


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