Space-Cast! #12. Slavery and Emancipation
This month on the Space-Cast!, we’re investigating a difficult topic — the representation of slavery in board games. To help navigate these waters, we’re joined by Patrick Rael, Professor of History at Bowdoin College, to discuss how board games have depicted slavery in the past, what they’re doing right now, and how we can use them to learn about sensitive historical issues.
0:20 — introducing Patrick Rael
4:36 — the distinct problem of the Atlantic Slave Trade
10:11 — where do games come in?
16:10 — Rael’s model for categorizing slavery in board games
33:08 — the uses and limitations of such a model
53:11 — Freedom: The Underground Railroad
1:01:58 — This Guilty Land & three rhetorics for examining games
1:15:38 — Pax Emancipation
1:31:49 — how are games useful in education?
1:45:30 — Rael’s historical game request
1. Listeners may note that the designer of This Guilty Land is Amabel Holland. This podcast was recorded in mid-February 2021, before we were made aware of Amabel’s name. Apologies for any confusion.
2. Patrick Rael’s page at Bowdoin College can be found here. The video depicting his model for categorizing slavery in board games can be found here. And finally, his interview with Amabel Russell can be found here. Honestly, this section could include many more worthwhile links.
Posted on April 29, 2021, in Podcast and tagged Board Games, Freedom: The Underground Railroad, Patrick Rael, Pax Emancipation, The Space-Biff! Space-Cast!, This Guilty Land. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.