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Gramercy, Manhattan
30 Irving Pl
Btwn E 15th & E 16th Streets
New York, New York 10003
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this games training:

In this class we will explore both sides of this dialectic. How—from the grid of the Go board to the coordinate plane of the strategy role-playing game—is war as a means to control territory and resources played through games? In what ways, from mathematical game theory to the shifting battlefields of the 21st century, is strategic thinking grounded in the logical processes of games? And how are these processes translated into material terms by way of economics, politics, society, and even biology? Students will address a deeply interdisciplinary set of writings from theorists like Clausewitz, Caillois, Deleuze and Guattari, Benjamin, and von Neumann, as well as articles on game theory in economics, the heuristic role of games in biology, and recent work on the theory and design of video games.

This class will also be a lab and workshop. Over the course of the month, we will play the tabletop games Go (China, circa 5th century BCE) and Diplomacy (USA, 1954) alongside several contemporary narrative videogames, and collectively produce a series of short writings applying and interrogating the course’s theoretical and analytical material vis-à-vis our collective and individual gameplay. In the process, students will be encouraged to question not only how warfare is thought through games, but also how games might be a medium for critical reflection on warfare.

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There *is* no physical Brooklyn Institute. We hold our classes all over (thus far) Brooklyn and Manhattan, in alternative spaces ranging from the back rooms of bars to bookstores to spaces in cultural centers, including the Center for Jewish History, the Goethe-Institut, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women. We can (and do) turn any space into a classroom. You will be notified of the exact location when you register for a class.

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Upon request, we will refund the entire cost of a class up until 1 week before its start date. Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to a 75% refund. After the first class: 50%. After the second: 25%. No refunds will be given after the third class.

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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...

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