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Games and simulations in international relations

Jason Dittmer gives Keynote in Oslo

Games and simulations in international relations

On October 4th Dr Jason Dittmer gave a Keynote address to launch a two-day conference at the University of Oslo on Popular Culture and Social Transformation. The conference, sponsored by the KULTRANS research group, emphasised the relationships between popular culture, politics, and social change.

His lecture, Playing Geopolitics: Utopian simulations of international relations, traced the use of games and simulations, such as Model United Nations and Statecraft, in geopolitics and international relations. They function as utopias in which reductionist theories of neoclassical geopolitics and realist international relations can be seen to function. However, study of actual gameplay indicates that other forms of space are emergent, and offer alternative, possibly more just, visions of geopolitics.



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